Bipolar Disorder Specialist

The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness

Regenerative and Functional Medicine, Pain Management, and TMS and Ketamine Therapy Center located in Bloomingdale, IL

Bipolar disorder causes swings between mania and depression so severe that it’s impossible to lead a normal life. In Bloomingdale, Illinois, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness offers holistic treatment that reduces the severity of your mood swings and gives you back control. Call their office today to learn more about innovative bipolar disorder treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation and ketamine infusions. You can also book an appointment online.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a severe psychiatric condition. It causes extreme mood swings. During the manic part of the cycle, you have extra energy and become hyperactive, sometimes dangerously so. This mood will turn, usually with little or no warning, into a deep, lasting depression that can be so bad you struggle to get out of bed.

These dramatic mood changes are exhausting and have a long-term effect on your ability to function every day. There are three forms of bipolar disorder. The most severe is bipolar 1 disorder.

What is bipolar 1 disorder?

Bipolar 1 disorder causes the worst mood changes. During the manic phase, you can have symptoms like:

  • Overconfidence
  • Doing risky activities
  • Little need for sleep
  • Talking fast and loud
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability and anger
  • Doing too much
  • Racing thoughts

People in the manic phase of bipolar 1 disorder might do things out of character, like getting into fights or taking illegal drugs. They often overspend, gamble, or engage in high-risk sex.

When the mania fades, the follow-up depression is accompanied by shame, guilt, and self-loathing because of their behavior during the manic episode. Instead of feeling strong and full of energy, the patient suffers chronic fatigue and low self-esteem.

What are the other forms of bipolar disorder?

The two other forms of bipolar disorder are:

Bipolar 2 disorder

Bipolar 2 disorder features the same phases as bipolar 1 disorder, but they tend to be less extreme. You might have times between the manic and depressed phases where you feel more normal and can function at work and school.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder is a less severe condition than bipolar 1 or 2. You’re likely to experience frequent but reasonably constant mood swings.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness takes a holistic approach to treating bipolar disorder. They combine effective mainstream treatments with complementary therapies that help reduce the intensity of your mood swings.

Antidepressants can help with depression. Medications like mood stabilizers and anticonvulsants are helpful when antidepressants aren’t enough on their own. Psychotherapy is also vital in treating bipolar disorder. Talking therapies help you understand your condition and manage it more effectively.

The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness also uses innovative approaches like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), ketamine infusions, and Spravato® esketamine nasal spray to treat bipolar disorder.

If you’re tired of suffering from the symptoms of bipolar disorder, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness offers you a way out. Call their office today or book an appointment online.