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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Dedham and Norwood, MA


Living with bipolar disorder is exhausting and distressing because your moods shift from depression to mania and back in a never-ending cycle. If you have bipolar disorder symptoms, talk to the team at AmiTop Care LLC, in Norwood and Dedham, Massachusetts. They provide effective medication, therapy, and ongoing support to help you manage your condition and live a better life. Call the nearest AmiTop Care LLC office or book an appointment online today to benefit from expert bipolar disorder care.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder affects your moods, so you switch between two states of mind — depression and mania:

Depression

When you’re in the depressive phase, everything seems bleak and hopeless. You lose interest in things that usually make you happy and find it impossible to see anything positive in your life.

You might withdraw from family and friends and feel that you’re a burden to everyone. Work-life, relationships, sleep cycles, and appetite can all suffer. You may become suicidal if severely depressed.

Mania

Mania is almost the reverse of depression. You feel full of energy, have little need for sleep, and become over-excited. You may act out of character, taking risks and giving in to impulses.

You might be more aggressive or confrontational, feel invincible, and take on stressful challenges. During the manic phase, you might experience euphoria (intense pleasure and happiness).

Depression may last for weeks or months before mania takes over. Manic periods are typically shorter.

Which type of bipolar disorder do I have?

The most widespread condition is cyclothymia — a milder form of bipolar disorder where mood swings are less extreme and more manageable. People with bipolar II disorder experience severe depression but less extreme mania (hypomania).

Those with bipolar I disorder suffer from severe depression and mania. They may also develop psychotic episodes where they have problems identifying reality and experience hallucinations and delusions. To determine which type of bipolar disorder you have, visit AmiTop Care LLC for a comprehensive evaluation.

What treatments help me recover from bipolar disorder?

Currently, bipolar disorder is incurable — it usually develops in adolescence or early adulthood and then stays with you. However, with the right combination of psychotherapy and medication, you can manage your condition and lead a happier, more stable life.

Medications that help with bipolar disorder include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and for those with bipolar I disorder, antipsychotics. Some antipsychotics also have mood-stabilizing qualities, so your provider may prescribe them even if you don’t have psychosis. Gene testing is available to help select the most suitable medications for you.

Psychotherapy or counseling helps you control unwanted behaviors and manage the problems your condition causes in daily life. You learn to understand your condition more and adapt your activities to limit its effects.

Call AmiTop Care LLC if you need help with bipolar disorder symptoms, or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation today.