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Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar disorder can appear at a younger age than you might imagine. The latest estimates say that 4% of people under the age of 18 have bipolar disorder, and it can affect children as young as five years. Mark Chaney, LPC, works with people aged four and older with bipolar disorder, offering personalized therapy and medications that meet your unique needs. With the ease of telemedicine, everyone can get the support they need to overcome bipolar disorder. Call the office in Fort Worth, Texas, or use the online booking feature today to schedule an appointment.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder causes mood swings between mania and depression. However, the severity and frequency of your mood swings depends on the type of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I disorder

Bipolar I disorder closely resembles its original name, manic-depressive disorder. If you have this type, you have episodes of severe mania and major depression, usually with a neutral period between the highs and lows.

Your manic episodes last at least one week but usually longer. Additionally, your mania interferes with your ability to function and often requires hospitalization.

Bipolar II disorder

This type of bipolar disorder causes episodes of hypomania and major depression. Hypomania causes the same symptoms as full-blown mania, but they're not as severe, and most people can keep up with their daily responsibilities.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder causes less severe symptoms than hypomania and major depression, but you have more frequent mood swings than the other two types. You may not have periods of stable or neutral mood between your swings.

What symptoms occur due to bipolar disorder? 

The symptoms of mania include:

  • Having a high level of energy
  • Needing little sleep
  • Talking rapidly
  • Experiencing racing thoughts
  • Having an inflated sense of importance
  • Engaging in risky behaviors (overspending, drinking while driving)

You may also have delusions and hallucinations during a manic episode. If you have a delusion, you believe something is real or true when it's not. Hallucinations occur when you see, hear, smell, or feel something that isn't there.

The symptoms of bipolar depression include:

  • Losing interest in your favorite activities
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Sleeping more or less
  • Eating more or less
  • Being unable to make decisions
  • Thinking about suicide

Depression often causes physical symptoms. For example, you may experience nausea, headaches, and chronic muscle pain.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition that needs mood-stabilizing medications to prevent the swings between mania and depression. Talk therapy also helps you manage many aspects of bipolar disorder.

During therapy, you may learn to recognize signs of a pending mood swing and the steps you can take to prevent it. Talk therapy also teaches you new skills for dealing with the impact of bipolar disorder on your life. For example, you may learn ways to control your emotions, reduce stress, or rebuild relationships.

Many people with bipolar disorder have disrupted sleep rhythms; Mark can help you establish a consistent daily practice that balances your sleep-wake cycles. Restoring a routine eases the symptoms. 

If you need exceptional bipolar disorder treatment, call Mark Chaney, LPC, or book a telemedicine appointment online today.

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