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Bipolar Disorder

A diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness) can be scary, and the impact and consequences can be devastating.

There is hope and help for people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder — and their families.

At the Relationship Center of South Florida we have the advanced training and experience to accurately diagnose Bipolar Disorder, and to successfully treat this complicated condition. Bipolar Disorder, also known as Manic-Depressive Illness, is now considered to be a disorder of the brain (not caused by an emotional or behavioral problem). An accurate diagnosis must be made by a qualified medical or mental health professional. These are the primary signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Severe mood swings
  • Extreme changes in energy, activity levels, and sleep patterns
  • Problems in daily functioning (damaged relationships, poor work performance, etc.)
  • Manic symptoms
  • Elevated mood; irritability
  • Racing thoughts and rapid speech
  • Increased energy and activity; more goal-directed behavior
  • Decreased need for sleep; restlessness or agitation
  • Impulsive or risk taking behavior; feelings of grandiosity
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Sad or depressed mood; emotional numbing
  • Lack of interest, motivation, and pleasure in activities
  • Low energy, fatigue, or sleeping excessively
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts about dying

Bipolar Disorder can be effectively treated with medication and therapy.

Many people with Bipolar Disorder can gain some control over their mood swings and other manic-depressive symptoms. Long-term treatment is necessary for most people with Bipolar Disorder, and this includes medication prescribed by a psychiatrist along with psychotherapy. The most effective treatments include the following:

  • Mood stabilizer medication (such as Lithium, Lamictal, and Depakote)
  • Atypical antipsychotic medication (mostly for manic symptoms, such as Zyprexa, Abilify, and Risperdal)
  • Antidepressants (such as Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, and Celexa)
  • CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)
  • Supportive and psycho-educational counseling
  • Marital and family therapy
  • Solution-Oriented Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy

A combination of medication, counseling and therapy is almost always required for the successful treatment of Bipolar Disorder. The treatment team at our Center has the training and experience necessary to guide and support people who struggle with Bipolar Disorder. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

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