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Bipolar Disorder Psychiatrists and Treatments in Orange County, CA

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depressive disorder, affects around 2.8% of American adults. If you live with dramatic and disruptive mood swings between mania and depression, contact Allied Healers. In California and Arizona. Allied Healers provide personalized treatment plans to reduce your mood swings and improve your impulse control and ability to function in your day-to-day life. Call Allied Healers today or schedule a consultation online for expert bipolar disorder treatment.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A​

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by intense fluctuations in energy, mood, and behavior. It involves extreme emotional highs (known as mania or hypomania) and lows (known as depression). Episodes of mania or hypomania can include feelings of euphoria, grandiosity, irritability, racing thoughts, restlessness, increased energy levels, decreased need for sleep, risky behavior, talkativeness and reckless behaviors. Episodes of depression can include feelings of sadness, worthlessness or hopelessness; fatigue; difficulty concentrating; changes in appetite and weight gain; lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyed; withdrawal from friends and family members; suicidal thoughts or actions. Physical manifestations such as headaches; digestive issues; poor coordination; restlessness; numbness/tingling sensations in extremities; chest pain; palpitations (rapid heartbeat); panic attacks may also be experienced.

What Are The Signs & Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

The primary signs of bipolar disorder are extreme shifts in moods and behavior lasting at least several days that are different from an individual’s typical behavior patterns. These shifts may involve periods of elevated mood (mania/hypomania) alternating with periods of sadness or apathy (depression). During manic episodes individuals might experience heightened energy levels, reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts and difficulty concentrating on tasks. During depressed episodes individuals may feel a sense of hopelessness or worthlessness along with physical symptoms such as changes in appetite leading to weight gain or loss and digestive issues. Other physical symptoms may include headaches; poor coordination; restlessness; numbness/tingling sensations in extremities; chest pain; palpitations (rapid heartbeat); panic attacks etc.. 

How Can I Get Tested for Bipolar Disorder?

If an individual suspects they have bipolar disorder it is important to speak with a doctor about the symptoms being experienced. A diagnosis typically involves a psychological evaluation which includes a medical history review along with screenings for mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. Once diagnosed an individual should work closely with their psychiatric procvider to make sure the most effective treatment plan is chosen for them which could include medications to help regulate moods such as antidepressants or anticonvulsants along with therapy options like cognitive-behavioral therapy which can teach individuals how to identify triggers that could cause extreme shifts in their emotions and behaviors.  Additionally lifestyle modifications including regular exercise routines and healthy eating habits may help manage symptoms associated with bipolar disorder when combined with other treatments recommended by one’s physician.

How is Bipolar Disorder Treated?

At Allied Healers, we offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treating bipolar disorders. Depending on your needs, he combines medication with other therapies to stabilize your mood and restore your health and quality of life. 

For example, while medication can relieve your mood swings, psychotherapy can help you explore and resolve the thoughts and feelings you experience in manic and depressive episodes. You can also learn and practice impulse control and other behavior modifications.

Our providers also encourage healthy lifestyle choices and may recommend dietary adjustments and natural supplements to improve your health and mood stability. Exercise can also help with mood regulation, energy levels, and sleep routines. 

Call Allied Healers today or make an appointment online if you have concerns about bipolar disorder.