Understanding & Treating Bipolar Disorder
The bipolar disorder treatment track at Lakeside Behavioral Health System helps patients and their families understand the nature of the illness. Led by a multidisciplinary team of behavioral health professionals, it offers proven treatment strategies that can lead to useful and productive lives.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is characterized by a series of depressive and manic episodes of unpredictable duration. Manic episodes are periods of inappropriate euphoria, talking too much, extreme irritability, reckless behavior, aggressive behavior, and even out-of-control spending. Conversely, depressive episodes are manifested by excessive crying, low energy, thoughts of death or suicide or major swings in appetite. These episodes can last for weeks or even months. In between manic or depressive episodes, those with bipolar disorder can go for long periods exhibiting apparently normal moods. Despite these temporary periods of calm, the disease is still there, and bipolar disorder can have devastating effects on an individual’s professional, social and family life.