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Do Your Symptoms Mean You Have Bipolar Disorder?

When you experience issues that affect your mental health, it can feel overwhelming and confusing, especially when you’re not sure what’s causing your symptoms.

Skilled psychiatrist, Amr Beltagui, MD, understands the frustrations many people face when seeking a diagnosis. Dr. Beltagui offers comprehensive care for a variety of mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder, which can impact your life in numerous ways.

Bipolar disorder is a particularly unique disease that causes several symptoms that are similar to other conditions. Here’s some info on bipolar disorder so you can make sense of your symptoms.

How bipolar disorder impacts your health

Bipolar disorder is a condition where you experience fluctuations in your mood that range from very high to very low.

During a high mood, or manic episode, you feel like you have excessive amounts of energy and aren’t able to stay focused on one task. You may have difficulties making logical decisions and are prone to talking fast and having episodes of euphoria.

When you move into a low mood, you experience the symptoms associated with depression. During a depressive episode, you likely lose interest in your usual activities and become withdrawn. 

Other common symptoms of a bipolar disorder-related depressive episode include:

These symptoms can disrupt your daily life and interfere with your quality of sleep.

Evaluating the root cause of your symptoms

While you should always seek the guidance of a professional psychiatrist like Dr. Beltagui to confirm your diagnosis, there are ways to recognize the signs of bipolar disorder.

Typically, bipolar disorder is classified into two groups — bipolar I disorder and bipolar II disorder.

Bipolar I disorder triggers manic episodes that last longer than a week. In bipolar II disorder, manic episodes are less intense and don’t last as long — a condition known as hypomania.

You must have at least one episode of mania, or episodes of both hypomania and depressive symptoms, for two years or more to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. If you experience only feelings of persistent sadness or depressive moods, you may have clinical depression or another mental health disorder.

Your symptoms may also relate to cyclothymia, a condition that causes episodes of both hypomania and depression. Many people with cyclothymia only have stable moods for a month or two at a time.

Why the right diagnosis matters

The severity of mood fluctuations with bipolar disorder can increase your risk for risky behaviors, self-harm, and suicide, so it’s important that you work with an experienced psychiatrist like Dr. Beltagui. He offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to make an accurate diagnosis.

As bipolar disorder symptoms present in many different ways, it can be a difficult condition to diagnose. However, if left untreated, your mood swings can become more severe.

Dr. Beltagui takes time to evaluate your mental health through a variety of diagnostic screenings. He customizes a treatment plan that focuses on managing your symptoms and keeping your moods stable.

Treatments for bipolar disorder

Typically, treatment for both types of bipolar disorder involve medications, like antipsychotics, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers, in combination with psychotherapy

Through one-on-one therapy sessions, Dr. Beltagui helps you learn how to cope with your thoughts and moods to keep you in control of your life.

You may also need to make lifestyle modifications to improve your sleep habits, your diet, and your physical fitness.

If you have difficulty controlling your moods, you can schedule a diagnostic evaluation for bipolar disorder by calling Amr Beltagui, MD at 909-217-7785 or by requesting an appointment online today.

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