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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services located in Las Vegas, NV

If you experience extreme mood swings and you notice major changes in behavior, it may be a condition known as bipolar disorder. At We Are Hope in Las Vegas, Nevada, the team of professionals offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of bipolar disorder in children and adults. Find out more about available treatments for bipolar disorder by calling the office directly or using the online booking feature.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition, sometimes known as manic-depressive illness, that causes episodes of both major depression (lows) and manic energy (highs). 

Children and adults with this condition often experience unusual mood changes that go beyond the typical ups and downs of life that other individuals go through.

The symptoms of bipolar disorder can interfere with your academic success, personal relationships, and other activities. In some cases, symptoms can result in thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The mood changes in individuals with bipolar disorder can vary daily. Manic symptoms often involve feelings of extreme happiness or silliness, difficulty sleeping, speaking quickly about various things, and involvement in risky behaviors.

Depressive episodes of bipolar disorder can result in feelings of unexplained sadness, complaints about headaches or stomach problems, feelings of guilt, changes in appetite, and no interest or energy in daily activities.

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

The We Are Hope team is highly experienced in diagnosing bipolar disorder in children and adults. They initially review your medical history to rule out underlying medical conditions. You should also provide a family history, especially if bipolar disorder affects other family members.

To better understand your symptoms, the team discusses your behavior and any changes you’ve noticed. They may ask to speak with your friends and other family members to evaluate the severity of the symptoms. 

How do you treat bipolar disorder?

Depending on individual needs, the We Are Hope team may recommend one or more treatment methods to manage symptoms better.

Therapy can help you or your child learn coping skills to deal with manic and depressive episodes. We Are Hope also offers family counseling sessions to help build a support team for your family. 

Medications may sometimes help control symptoms, such as negative or suicidal thoughts. The team carefully monitors your medication therapy to protect your physical and mental health in the long term. It can take several changes to the type of medication and the dosage until they discover the right course of treatment.

To learn more about bipolar disorder, schedule a consultation online or call the Las Vegas, Nevada office directly.