Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition that causes unusual fluctuations in mood, energy, and the ability to think clearly. The mood disorder may affect daily life, responsibilities, and relationships. Dennis Smith, CPC-I, is an experienced behavioral health counselor at Adonai Counseling & Consulting, PLLC. He takes a patient-centered approach to care and provides mental health services and counseling for people with bipolar disorder. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, or book an appointment online today. In-person and telehealth appointments are available.
People with bipolar disorder experience extreme mood changes. These mood changes fluctuate from elation and happiness (mania) to feelings of sadness and hopelessness (depression).
The mood swings affect how you feel, think, and behave and may interfere with your relationships and ability to manage day-to-day responsibilities.
There are three types of bipolar disorder. Each type affects a person's mood, energy, and activity; however, the severity of these symptoms vary.
Bipolar I disorder causes the most extreme shifts in mood. People with Bipolar I disorder experience manic episodes that last seven days or have manic symptoms that are so severe they need hospitalization.
Periods of depression that last at least two weeks can follow these manic episodes.
With Bipolar II disorder, you experience episodes of hypomania and depression. Hypomania means the manic symptoms are less severe and less likely to require hospitalization.
With Cyclothymic disorder, you experience episodes of hypomania and depression over a two year period. However, your symptoms don’t meet the criteria for a bipolar disorder diagnosis.
As noted, people with bipolar disorder experience rapid changes in mood that affects emotional wellness, behavior, and thinking. Mental health experts classify symptoms into two categories:
During a manic or hypomanic episode, people with bipolar disorder feel upbeat, energetic, and euphoric. They may also have racing thoughts, difficulty sleeping, and engage in risky behaviors.
During a depressive cycle of bipolar disorder, people feel sad, hopeless, or anxious. They may also have difficulty concentrating, struggle to make decisions, and sleep more or less than usual.
Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition and requires ongoing medical and mental health care. Dennis works closely with you and your health care provider to ensure you get the well-rounded care you need to manage your mood and wellness.
Treatment for bipolar disorder includes a combination of psychiatric medications and behavioral therapy. Dennis is an experienced mental health counselor who takes a patient-centered approach to care.
He creates personalized behavioral therapy plans based on your diagnosis, severity of symptoms, and personal preferences and needs. Some of the evidence-based therapy he may incorporate into your treatment plan may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or psychoeducation.
For compassionate counseling for your bipolar disorder from an experienced mental health professional, call Adonai Counseling & Consulting, PLLC, or book an appointment online today.