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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Riverdale, MD

Treatment for bipolar disorder is of the utmost importance. If you or a loved one show signs of this condition, such as extreme highs and lows, you can rely on Ekop Graham, NP, PMHNP-BC, FNP, and her expert mental health team at Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness in Riverdale, Maryland, to provide the care needed. They offer comprehensive, personalized treatment for patients with bipolar disorder. Call the office today or use the online scheduling tool any time, day or night.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, often called manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition defined by extreme shifts in mood, energy, and behavior. These mood swings are more severe and disruptive than typical ups and downs.

What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

There are several types of bipolar disorder, each distinguished by the nature and severity of mood episodes. They include:

Bipolar I disorder

This is the most severe form, characterized by manic episodes that last at least seven days or are so severe that hospitalization is required. Depressive episodes can also occur that typically last at least two weeks.

Bipolar II disorder

This type involves individuals experiencing both depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, which are less severe than full-blown mania. Hypomania doesn't lead to severe impairment in daily functioning.

Cyclothymic disorder

This is a milder form of bipolar disorder characterized by frequent mood swings between hypomania and mild depression over at least two years.

In addition, other specified and unspecified bipolar disorders encompass variations of bipolar symptoms that don't fit the criteria for the above types.

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

To diagnose bipolar disorder, your Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness expert completes a comprehensive evaluation. Key components of the diagnosis include a clinical assessment that involves interviews and assessments to gather information about your mood, behavior, and medical history.

They ask you to keep a mood journal so they can track your mood swings along with their duration, which can help determine your diagnosis. Your physical exam may involve your practitioner performing lab tests to rule out underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms. 

In addition, because bipolar disorder can mimic other mental health conditions, your provider aims to rule out other conditions like depression, anxiety, or borderline personality disorder.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

At Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness, managing bipolar disorder often involves a combination of strategies, including:

  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Lifestyle management
  • Support network
  • Hospitalization (if manic episodes are causing a threat to your safety and stabilization)

Treatment plans are highly individualized. That’s why your provider works closely with you to find the most effective combination of therapies for your unique situation. With proper treatment and support, those with bipolar disorder can lead fulfilling lives and manage their condition effectively.

To learn more about bipolar disorder, call Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness or use the online booking tool today to make an appointment.