Bipolar FAQ

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by intense mood swings and changes in behavior. During a manic episode, individuals may feel highly energized, elated, and productive. Depressive episodes, on the other hand, bring about extreme sadness, hopelessness, or indifference. There are three types of bipolar disorder:

  • Bipolar I: This type involves manic episodes lasting at least seven days, followed by depressive symptoms lasting up to two weeks. In some cases, symptoms can be severe enough to require hospitalization.
  • Bipolar II: Bipolar II causes depressive episodes and hypomania episodes. Hypomania is a less severe form of a manic episode.
  • Cyclothymic disorder: Cyclothymic disorder causes hypomanic and depressive symptoms that aren’t as intense or long-lasting as those in bipolar II episodes.

Individuals with a family history of bipolar disorder may have an increased risk of developing the condition. Additionally, trauma and other stressors can also contribute to the risk of bipolar disorder.


When should I seek help for bipolar disorder?

If you or your child experience intense mood swings related to manic or depressive episodes, it’s crucial to schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Breakthrough HQ. Look out for symptoms such as feelings of elation, increased activity level, short temper, racing thoughts, sadness, hopelessness, guilt, loss of energy, and changes in appetite. If you experience self-harm or have suicidal thoughts, seek immediate medical attention.

Breakthrough HQ offers comprehensive bipolar disorder evaluations, both in-office and through our remote telehealth platform. Through this evaluation, we assess your symptoms and their severity to determine the specific type of bipolar disorder you may have. You’ll also be evaluated for other mood disorders, including depression. Based on the evaluation results, we’ll create a personalized care plan that focuses on relieving your symptoms and helping you cope with the impact bipolar disorder can have on your life.


How is bipolar disorder treated?

At Breakthrough HQ, we offer a range of treatments to address existing symptoms of bipolar disorder and prevent new manic or depressive episodes. Our treatment options include medication, psychotherapy (talk therapy), and other therapeutic approaches. Medication plays a crucial role in controlling the symptoms that intense mood swings can cause. We work closely with you to find the right medicines, making necessary adjustments as you progress through treatment. Through psychotherapy, you’ll learn to recognize negative thoughts and behaviors, equipping you to better cope with them.

Our treatment services at Breakthrough HQ are designed to help you effectively manage your condition and lead a fulfilling life. Together, we’ll navigate through the challenges of bipolar disorder, providing you with the support and care you need to thrive.