Bipolar Disorder Specialist Questions and Answers

If you or someone you love has bipolar disorder, it is essential to receive proper care. Bipolar disorder affects a large number of individuals in the world today, but with the right care long-term recovery is possible. At Aroma Functional Nutrition, we have a dedicated staff of board certified psychiatrists who are committed to helping you find the road to recovery through compassionate and friendly care in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, please call us. We are conveniently offering virtual appointments.

Bipolar Disorder Specialist Near Me in Las Vegas, NV
Bipolar Disorder Specialist Near Me in Las Vegas, NV

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a form of mental health condition that can cause an individual to experience severe mood swings from emotional highs, called mania or hypomania, to extreme lows in the form of depression. The highs can bring on feelings of euphoria, an abundance of energy but also unusually irritable. On the other side of the scale, the lows can cause symptoms of depression such as sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed. The drastic shift in mood can cause the individual to experience issues with their sleep, energy level, judgement, behaviour and their ability to clearly think. Each individual will experience bipolar disorder in a different way, some may experience the mood swing shift very rarely, while others can experience it multiple times in a year. Some people may not experience any symptoms between episodes of the shift, while others experience some symptoms.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The symptoms of a bipolar disorder will vary from one person to the next and vary based on the type of bipolar disorder they are suffering from. Manic and hypomanic episodes have many of the same symptoms, with mania being more severe and possibly causing the individual to have a break from reality that requires hospitalization. A manic or hypomanic episode will encounter three or more symptoms such as abnormally upbeat, wired or jumpy, increase in activity, energy or agitation, feeling of euphoria causing an overload of self-confidence and sense of well-being, decrease in the need to sleep, more talkative than normal, racing thoughts, easily distracted and makes poor decisions. A major depressive episode will feature five or more symptoms such as feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness or tearful, loss of interest or lack of pleasure in all activities, significant weight loss or gain not attributed to diet, increase or decrease in appetite, insomnia or too much sleep, restlessness or slow moving behaviour, loss of energy or fatigue, feeling worthless or guilt that is excessive or unnecessary, trouble thinking, concentrating or making decisions and suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts.

What types of bipolar disorder are there?

There are three primary types of bipolar disorder based on the symptoms experienced during a bipolar episode. However, additional types of bipolar disorder can be experienced as the result of certain drugs or alcohol. Certain medical conditions can also cause a bipolar disorder episode, such as Cushing’s disease, a stroke or multiple sclerosis. The three primary types of bipolar disorder are:

  • Bipolar I where at lease one manic episode has been experienced in conjunction with a major depressive or hypomanic episode, regardless of which one happened first. With this type of disorder, mania can potentially trigger the patient to experience psychosis, or a break from reality.
  • Bipolar II where at least one hypomanic episode and at least one major depressive episode have been experienced, but there hasn’t been a manic episode experienced.
  • Cyclothymic disorder is indicated by a history of several periods hypomania episodes and symptoms, as well as several periods of depressive episodes and symptoms, although not as severe as an episode of major depression, over the course of two years for adults and one year for children and teenagers.

What are the causes of bipolar disorder?

While the exact cause of bipolar disorder isn’t clear at this point, several factors have been linked to the likelihood of someone developing a bipolar disorder. The leasing factor that seems to affect whether or not someone will develop a bipolar disorder seems to be tied to genetics, with it being more common to be found in people who have an immediate relative, like a biological parent or sibling, also suffering from a bipolar disorder. High stress or a traumatic event also seem to cause people to have a bipolar episode, as well as substance abuse. Dr. Tiffany can diagnose and treat individuals suffering from bipolar disorder using a comprehensive and holistic approach to the patient’s overall health and well-being. We serve patients from Las Vegas NV, Henderson NV, Summerlin NV, Boulder City NV, Mount Charleston NV, Indian Springs NV, and Mesquite NV. Looking forward to serve you!

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