Bipolar disorder, formally known as “manic-depression,” affects many Americans. Many people suffering from bipolar disorder do not seek treatment in a timely manner, and as such, it can result in damage to their jobs, relationships, etc. Finding a psychiatrist and a psychologist can help individuals deal with, and manage their diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

As a “manic-depressive” illness, bipolar disorder has no exact cause. The research suggests that multiple factors will cause an individual to suffer from bipolar disorder. Often times, bipolar disorder runs in families, so there appears to be a genetic component. Other research is finding that brain structure and function (brain development, neural connections, hormones, etc) also play some role in bipolar disorder.

More on how bipolar disorder works and the common features are described in this video:

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Bipolar disorder can only be diagnosed by a trained medical professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. People who suffer from bipolar disorder often experience extreme mood swings; extreme happiness (mania, or manic episode) followed by extreme depressive episodes. Individuals who are suffering from undiagnosed bipolar disorder may be easier to anger during their extreme mood episodes. Aside from emotional disturbances, behavioral changes are extremely common and vary based on which episode they are facing; manic or depressive. While extreme mood swings are the most common outward sign on bipolar disorder, many people only face mild mood swings, or a mixture of extreme and mild.

Proper treatment for individuals that suffer from bipolar disorder encompasses many different aspects of the medical community. A primary care physician must work closely with a psychiatrist to determine a proper treatment plan. Psychotherapy is an important aspect of a comprehensive treatment plan. The psychologist as Kentlands Psychotherapy can help. For individuals from Gaithersburg, Potomac, and surrounding areas we are a near by high quality resource.