Bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic-depressive illness, is a disorder of the brain that manifests as unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
Some days I think that I can conquer the world, other days it takes three hours to convince myself to take a bath.
There are times when we are so motivated to finish all our house and office work overnight or hit upon an Eureka moment which we believe will change the world.
But if such thoughts and activities interfere with your ability to execute the plan and causes irritability/ anger/arguments, there is a possibility that you could be experiencing a manic phase.
We all feel sad, tired or anxious sometimes, but when these feelings interfere with our work or relationships or prevent us from performing everyday activities, they can be signs of depression. If you also experience periods of mania then you may be affected by bipolar disorder.
All types of Bipolar Disorder involve clear changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, and energized behaviour (known as manic episodes) to very sad, “down,” or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes.
Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders— Bipolar disorder symptoms that do not match the three categories listed above
Not everyone who suffers from mood swings suffer from Bipolar Disorder. It requires a specialist assessment to differentiate between them. Our assessment process carefully looks at the extend and severity of symptoms and its impact on day to day function. The assessment process starts with a confidential conversation. Please call Dr Balu to find out how he can help.
If you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder then Dr Balu may recommend:
Contact Dr Balu to learn more about his unique treatment approach and the support that is available to manage your bipolar disorder.