Bipolar disorder is a complex experience that can cause a major disruption in one’s life. The episodes of elevated mood and depressed mood can undermine work, self-care and relationships. Often the depressive phase causes more suffering and disability.
Some of the typical symptoms of mania or hypomania include:
- Feeling “up” or elated
- Having excessive energy
- Having trouble sleeping
- Feeling like thoughts are running very fast
- Engaging in risky behaviors related to sex, drugs, or excessive spending
Symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling sad, down, or hopeless
- Having very little energy
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Eating too little or too much
- Difficulty enjoying activities
- Thinking about death or suicide** (1, all)
Treatments for bipolar disorder include psychopharmacology [link to page], psychotherapy [link], as well as mind body techniques such as lifestyle and nutritional changes, mindfulness, and light therapy. Life with unstable bipolar disorder can be stressful, and pursuing treatment is an important step in learning how to take care of yourself to minimize the risk of having any episodes of either elevated or low mood. Lifestyle habit are essential in bipolar disorder treatment and with the right lifestyle one may be able to completely eliminate mood episodes and maintain long term stability and wellness.
Dr. Beata Lewis MD works with many individuals with bipolar I and bipolar II, finding integrative treatments that are least disruptive and have the fewest side effects.
** If you are having thoughts of committing suicide, call 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or call 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) for immediate assistance.