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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Many people have heard of bipolar disorder, but not as many know the important facts about it. So, we thought we’d help you get informed about bipolar disorder. Here’s what you should know:
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM), bipolar disorder is defined as “a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.” There are 3 main types of bipolar disorder, and all 3 types involve drastic shifts, or ups and downs, in mood and energy.
Bipolar disorder is marked by two opposing states (hence the name “bi” and “polar”). Manic episodes are marked by feelings of jumpiness and elatedness. During a manic period, one may experience a decreased appetite as well as a decreased need for sleep. Those experiencing a manic period are also more likely to engage in risky and/or excessive behavior.
The other period that those with bipolar disorder experience are depressive episodes. During these periods, one may experience a lack of interest in activities, an inability to sleep, and an increase in appetite. Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness are also common during depressive episodes.
Bipolar disorder can be both diagnosed and treated in a number of ways, including therapy and medication. Exercise and a healthy diet are also ways that someone can help manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
If you think that you may have bipolar disorder, call the psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine for an appointment.