New Jersey Bipolar Disorder Treatment

It’s not easy living with bipolar disorder. The disease can undermine any attempt at a normal, productive life. Formerly known as manic-depressive disorder, it’s characterized by extreme emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and great emotional lows (depression).

Bipolar disorder is manageable. Wellness Center NJ is committed to providing personalized mental health treatment to people who suffer from the ups and downs that come with the condition. Our team, composed of expert psychiatrists and skilled therapists, specializes in providing the kind of care that gets results.

Bipolar Symptoms

Diagnosing bipolar disorder is challenging. It’s a multifaceted condition. There are many types of bipolar disorder, and each one gives rise to different symptoms in different people. To make matters more complicated, it’s often accompanied by other mental disturbances such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. All too often, doctors miss the manic-depressive swings and end up misdiagnosing their patients with simple depression or anxiety.

It’s not all complexity and confusion. There are common symptoms that alert friends, family, doctors, and even patients to the condition. Nearly all bipolar cases experience mood swings that are as dramatic as they are unpredictable. While the length and severity of each mood swing can fluctuate depending on the person and the type of bipolar disorder, the mere existence of such ups and downs acts as a major red flag.

Symptoms of a Manic or Hypomanic Episode:

  • Increased activity levels
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feelings of euphoria or grandeur
  • Impulse control problems
  • Fast, hurried or assertive speech
  • Decreased desire or need for sleep
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

Symptoms of a Depressive or Major Depressive Episode:

  • Sadness or anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Social isolation
  • Decreased activity and enjoyment
  • Increased desire or need for sleep
  • Slower speech patterns
  • Dulled reaction to stimuli
  • Tendency to harm oneself
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, it’s essential that you seek assistance. It’s possible to control the rollercoaster that is bipolar disorder but only with the help of a medical professional.

Types of Bipolar Disorder

Experts often separate bipolar disorder into four separate categories, or diagnoses:

  • Bipolar I Disorder – Bipolar I is characterized by one manic depressive cycle—one manic episode followed or preceded by one major depressive or hypomanic episode (a mild form of mania).
  • Bipolar II Disorder – Bipolar II is marked by the presence of one hypomanic episode followed or preceded by a major depressive episode. The condition is unique in that mania does not occur.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder – This type of bipolar disorder manifests as repeated episodes of hypomania and depression over the course of at least two years.
  • Other Types of Bipolar Disorder – Manic depressive or hypomanic-depressive episodes sometimes result from pre-existing medical conditions (e.g., Cushing’s disease) or alcohol and drug abuse.

Bipolar Treatment Centers

Life shouldn’t be a battle between endless highs and lows. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, but it can be managed. With the help of bipolar treatment centers, it’s possible to achieve balance.

Wellness Center NJ provides expert, individualized care to bipolar suffers. Our overall approach to mental illness treatment combines therapy with medication management. Most importantly, we take the time to compile a full case study of each patient so that we can tailor our treatment to their particular condition.

Call Wellness Center NJ at (201) 503-7118 to learn more about our specialists, resources, and treatment philosophy.

 

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