Did you know there are over 60 million people across the globe who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder?

World Bipolar Day is recognized worldwide as a time to raise awareness about bipolar disorders and to eliminate the social stigma surrounding Bipolar Disorder and other mental health conditions. Bipolar Disorder is a disorder affecting mood and consists of shifts between extreme high moods (often called manic or hypomanic episodes) and extreme low moods (or depressive episodes). These shifts sometimes happen very rapidly.

Peak Wellness Center's Tim Masters, MSW, LCSW, provides a more in-depth look at some of the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, as well as treatment and therapy options available at Peak to help clients:

Examples of manic episodes include elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, increased energy or activity, increased self-esteem or confidence, decreased need for sleep, impulsivity, and involvement in activities with the potential for painful consequences such as gambling, spending, or substance use. During a depressive episode, one may feel in a depressed mood, with diminished interest or pleasure in activities, trouble concentrating, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and fatigue or loss of energy.

If you or someone you know is displaying symptoms, having an assessment with one of our licensed mental health providers or your primary care doctor is the best way to determine if you have Bipolar Disorder. A diagnosis can often take assessment over time to monitor and confirm symptoms.

Peak Wellness Center offers multiple avenues of treatment to help manage Bipolar Disorder on an individual basis or through group therapy. These options include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and psychopharmacotherapy, which uses medications to help control symptoms. A combination of interventions is usually the most helpful approach.

More advanced forms of treatment are also available. These treatment options include Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). These treatments are only used when more traditional methods are unsuccessful or if symptoms are severely affecting a patient's well-being.

You and your therapist will work together to determine which course of treatment is right for you.

Like with many mental health disorders, regular maintenance over time is necessary to maintain gains that treatment can provide for Bipolar Disorder. Peak is here to diagnose, treat and help you manage the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in order to guide you along on your path to wellness.

Resources

To learn more about treatment and therapy options available at Peak Wellness Center, visit our website.

For more information about Bipolar Disorder, or for additional resources including educational materials, events and ways you can get involved in your community, visit the International Bipolar Foundation’s website.

More information about World Bipolar Day can be found at www.worldbipolarday.org.