Bipolar Disorder Specialist

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In-Person care in Bethesda, MD
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Florida and Michigan

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic-depressive illness, is a complex mental health condition characterized by unusual fluctuations in mood, energy levels, activity, and concentration. Although a permanent cure remains elusive, effective treatments can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals managing bipolar disorder. At WCWCW in Bethesda, Maryland, our specialized team is dedicated to providing the comprehensive support necessary for overcoming the challenges posed by bipolar disorder. Our telehealth services extend the same high-quality care to patients residing in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Michigan, and Florida. Reach out to us by phone or request an appointment online today to begin your journey toward improved well-being.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

Bipolar disorder manifests in three distinct types, each with specific features and symptom patterns:

Bipolar I Disorder

Characterized by severe manic episodes lasting at least 7 days and often requiring immediate hospital care, accompanied by depressive episodes lasting at least 2 weeks. Mixed episodes with features of both mania and depression are also possible.

Bipolar II Disorder

Marked by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, with no full-blown manic episodes as seen in Bipolar I Disorder.

Cyclothymic Disorder (Cyclothymia)

Involves periods of hypomanic symptoms and depressive symptoms lasting for a minimum of 2 years (1 year in children and adolescents) that do not meet the full criteria for a hypomanic or depressive episode.

People may also experience bipolar symptoms that do not precisely fit these three categories, known as “other specified and unspecified bipolar and related disorders.” While bipolar disorder is typically diagnosed during late adolescence or early adulthood, it can also emerge during pregnancy or after childbirth. Managing this condition often requires lifelong treatment, enabling individuals to effectively cope with symptoms and enhance their overall well-being.

The signs of bipolar disorder involve intense emotional periods, changes in sleep patterns, and unusual behaviors that are atypical for the person. These distinct periods, known as “mood episodes,” can present as manic or depressive episodes, often lasting for several days or even weeks. It’s essential to recognize the symptoms and seek timely professional help, as untreated episodes can lead to severe consequences.

Proper diagnosis and treatment are vital for individuals with bipolar disorder. Consulting a psychiatrist at WCWCW is the crucial initial step toward effective management. Our experienced psychiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder, providing expert guidance and support throughout the treatment journey. Take the first step toward better mental health today by calling our office or requesting an appointment online.

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