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Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Amr Beltagui, MD -  - Board-Certified Psychiatrist

Amr Beltagui, MD

Board-Certified Psychiatrist located in Los Angeles, CA

Mood changes are normal. But fast shifts between extended periods of high highs and low lows aren’t. If you’re living with bipolar disorder, talk to psychiatrist Amr Beltagui, MD, in Los Angeles California. He has expertise in treating bipolar disorder. If you’re interested in treating your bipolar disorder, call or request an appointment online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes the person to oscillate between periods of high mood and energy and periods of low mood and energy. The highs are known as manic episodes, while the lows are called depressive episodes.

All people experience changes in mood. But for people with bipolar disorder, those changes can come on suddenly and have a negative impact on thinking, decision-making abilities, and relationships. 

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder move between manic and depressive episodes. Each episode type comes with its own symptoms. 

Depressive episodes

During these periods, someone with bipolar disorder experiences all of the same symptoms as someone with major depressive disorder or clinical depression. The most common symptoms include:

  • Loss of interest in things you used to care about
  • Pervasive feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or guilt
  • Sleep irregularities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating

During depressive episodes, it’s common for people with bipolar disorder to withdraw from social situations. 

Manic episodes

People with bipolar disorder don’t just have to contend with depressive symptoms. They also experience periods of mania, which are characterized by:

  • Excessive energy
  • Rash decision-making
  • Talkativeness
  • Inability to focus
  • Euphoria

People with bipolar I disorder experience manic episodes lasting a week or more. In people with bipolar II disorder, manic episodes are more moderate and shorter-lived. This is also called hypomania. 

If you’ve experienced some of the symptoms of depression and mania for a period of at least two years but haven’t experienced a full manic episode or major depressive disorder, you may have a cyclothymic disorder. 

Although less severe than bipolar I disorder and bipolar II disorder, cyclothymic disorder can still leave you feeling controlled by your moods. 

No matter which type of bipolar disorder is affecting you, Dr. Beltagui offers treatment. 

To learn more, call Amr Beltagui, MD or request an appointment online today.