Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes sudden mood swings. People with bipolar disorder also have difficulty concentrating and experience energy shifts that make it difficult to perform their daily activities. Alta Loma Transformational Services has several programs for treating bipolar depression and acute mania, giving people with bipolar disorder the support they need to improve their mental health.
There are two distinct phases of bipolar disorder, which include manic and depressive stages. During manic episodes, individuals experience symptoms of euphoria, increased energy, irrational thinking, and, in some cases, delusions. This is often followed by a depressive episode, characterized by a decreased mood, low energy levels, and little to no interest in hobbies or activities.
There are also different types of bipolar disorder (primarily type 1 and 2), and the extent to which an individual experiences these symptoms depends on their diagnosis. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, those with bipolar I disorder are prone to full-blown manic symptoms, which can last for days or months, while individuals with bipolar II disorder experience less intense hypomanic and depressive symptoms. While hypomania isn’t as severe as a manic episode, both can be frightening, debilitating, and disruptive to normal functioning.