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What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

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People across the country and here in Arkansas struggle with bipolar disorder daily. Unfortunately, a lack of mental health education and resources alongside mental health stigmas keeps many people from seeking treatment. Bipolar disorder is treatable and best managed with a comprehensive mental health treatment program.

If you or someone you love is showing signs of bipolar disorder, we can help. At Alleviant Health Centers of Jonesboro, we provide patients with integrative, holistic bipolar disorder treatment. In fact, our integrative psychiatry services offer many mental health treatment programs for patients across Jonesboro, Arkansas. Call us now at 870.657.0337 to schedule an assessment and get started in as little as four days.

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a complex type of depression. As the name suggests, when struggling with bipolar disorder, a person’s mood may go from two polarizing states—mania and depression. In a manic state, a person experiences high energy, a feeling of euphoria, intense focus, increased self-esteem, a need for less sleep, and often a certain level of fearlessness or invincibility. In a depressed state, a person experiences a very low mood, sadness, hopelessness, a lack of interest in favorite activities, and constant fatigue.

Like other mental health disorders, there are different levels of bipolar disorder depending on the frequency of manic and depressive episodes. Bipolar disorder is diagnosed and treated through a psychiatric evaluation.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

People struggling with bipolar disorder may feel they have little to no control over their emotions, mental health, and daily life. It may feel like life is happening to them, or they are victims of circumstance. Common bipolar disorder symptoms include:

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Unexplained crying
  • Irritability
  • Disinterest in others
  • Self-isolation
  • Changes in weight and eating habits
  • Unexplained guilt and shame
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling worthless
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual
  • Lack of interest in favorite activities
  • Restlessness
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Suicidal ideation

The signs above can manifest during depressive episodes. However, symptoms during manic episodes can include:

  • Euphoria or happiness
  • Feeling extreme optimism
  • Increased motivation
  • Sleeping less
  • Easily distracted
  • Sudden energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Socializing more
  • Impulsive decision making
  • Risky behaviors
  • Racing thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Increased physical activity

Bipolar disorder can be overwhelming and exhausting for those struggling with bipolar disorder and their loved ones. It’s hard to gauge manic and depressive triggers and know how to manage each state of being without professional help. Both manic and depressive episodes can harm a person’s well-being without treatment.

Accessible Mental Health Treatment in Arkansas

If you or someone you love is experiencing drastic mood changes and other symptoms above, it’s time to get help. At Alleviant Health Centers, we provide Arkansas with comprehensive, integrative psychiatry for mental health disorders. Our treatments include:

  • Integrative psychiatry – This therapy addresses the interconnectivity of body systems. It also works towards holistic harmony for adolescents and adults.
  • Intravenous (IV) ketamine treatment – In controlled doses, IV ketamine helps rebuild neurons atrophied from depression.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TSM) – Another depression treatment, this helps rewire neural pathways in less than four minutes per session.
  • Medication management services – Psychiatric evaluation can provide clients with a medication plan to manage mental health issues when necessary.

With a different approach to mental health and psychiatric wellness, our team believes in holistic, full-body healing to support you and your loved ones throughout your life.

Start Treatment for Bipolar Disorder at Alleviant Jonesboro

Don’t let mental health issues hold you back and affect you and your loved ones. Reach our friendly staff at 870.657.0337 to learn more about our treatment programs and insurance coverage. Book an assessment today.