Bipolar

Latitude Mental Health

Psychiatrist located in West LA, Los Angeles, CA

When your mood suffers from extremes between major depression and mania, you may have bipolar disorder. Dr. Armin Hoes of Latitude Mental Health in West Los Angeles strives to treat your mental health condition with utmost understanding and effectiveness using a variety of up-to-date methods. If you suffer from bipolar disorder, call or book an appointment online today.

Bipolar Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depression, is a mental health condition characterized by fluctuating periods of profound, deep depression and extreme euphoria and energy, or mania. This condition is a chronic and severe mental health issue.

With bipolar disorder, you sometimes suffer from severely low mood and energy levels. Manic episodes can present as heightened mood, which may manifest as irritability, rage, uncontrolled behaviors, unusually high energy, and overconfidence.

Bipolar disorder can affect children and adolescents, but most often is diagnosed in young adults. Misdiagnosis is not unusual, and bipolar disorder can sometimes be mistaken as attention-deficit disorder (ADD), schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder.

What are symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The key factor in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is the presence of manic episodes. Mania may present abruptly after years of depression or after a triggering event. Symptoms may vary from mild to extreme. Often, someone suffering from bipolar disorder may deny manic symptoms entirely.

Manic symptoms include:

  • Elevated energy and activity and inability to rest
  • Increased, hyperactive mood and optimism
  • Increased irritability, aggression, or anger
  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating
  • Racing thoughts and fast speech
  • Decreased ability and need for sleep

During a manic episode, you may be reckless, promiscuous, spend extreme amounts of money, and have unrealistically high views of your abilities. On the other hand, depressive symptoms include:

  • Constant feelings of sadness or apathy
  • Extreme hopelessness or helplessness
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Decreased energy or extreme fatigue
  • Sleeping too much or inability to rest

Both manic and depressive symptoms vary widely and can significantly impact your ability to live a normal, healthy life.

What treatments are available for bipolar disorder?

Dr. Hoes at Latitude Mental Health uses a variety of treatment methods to help you live the best life possible with bipolar disorder. Long-term treatment plans may include,

  • Mood-stabilizing medications
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy helps to empower you to manage your symptoms well, whether dealing with depressive or manic episodes. Psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy serve to equip you for maintaining relationships and decreasing extremes of bipolar disorder.

For a complete assessment and customized treatment plan to manage your bipolar disorder, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Hoes at Latitude Mental Health.

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