Bi-Polar Disorder

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.

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When does over-enthusiasm, hyperactivity and over-confidence become a manic Disorder?

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.

When does low mood become a depressive disorder?

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.

Are there different types of 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.

  • Bipolar I Disorder— Manic episodes that last at least 7 days, or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Usually, depressive episodes typically last for at least 2 weeks. Depression with mixed features (having depression and manic symptoms at the same time) are also possible.
  • Bipolar II Disorder— Pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but not the full-blown manic episodes.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder — Numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms as well numerous periods of depressive symptoms lasting for several months. However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for a hypomanic episode and a depressive episode.

Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders— Bipolar disorder symptoms that do not match the three categories listed above

Dr Balu’s Approach

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:

  • Medication to treat symptoms during episodes of mania or depression
  • Medication to prevent episodes from happening
  • Therapy such as CBT to help you to understand and manage your symptoms
  • Tips on recognising the signs of manic and depressive episodes
  • Lifestyle advice on diet, exercise and sleep to boost your mental wellbeing
  • Support to enable you to enjoy a fulfilling life and relationships

Contact Dr Balu to learn more about his unique treatment approach and the support that is available to manage your bipolar disorder.

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Dr Balu Pitchiah MBBS, MRCPsych, CCST,MBA (OXON)
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  • Addictions
  • Anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, panic disorder and social phobia
  • Bipolar Disorder (Bipolar Affective Disorder, Manic Depression)
  • Medically unexplained physical symptoms, Somatisation
  • OCD
  • Personality disorders
  • Various other psychiatric conditions
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