Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Fremont, CA

About 4.4% of the population in the United States develop bipolar disorder at some point in their life. To help you manage the mood swings of bipolar disorder, the providers at Ocean Psychiatry offer comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatment plans. The mental health specialists can help you improve your quality of life using a variety of treatments, including talk therapy and ketamine infusions. To schedule a bipolar disorder evaluation, call the office in Fremont, California, or book an appointment online today. 

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings. People with bipolar disorder experience periods of emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and extreme lows (depression).

These mood swings can affect your behaviors, energy levels, and ability to make decisions. If left untreated, bipolar disorder can increase your risk for self-harm or suicide. You may also be at increased risk for substance abuse issues if you use drugs or alcohol in an attempt to treat your symptoms or numb your feelings.

While you can develop bipolar disorder at any age, a diagnosis occurs most often in the teen years or early 20s.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The symptoms of bipolar disorder can range from mild to severe and vary from person to person.

During a hypomanic or the more severe manic episode, you may feel:

  • Upbeat
  • Energized
  • Euphoric
  • Distracted
  • Agitated

You may also feel an exaggerated sense of self-confidence and well-being. Your thoughts may race, and you find it difficult to make decisions. Many people also participate in reckless or risky behaviors.

During a depressive episode, you may feel persistent sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness. Some people have difficulty sleeping despite feeling fatigued and are not interested in their usual activities.

If you have these symptoms, you can schedule a diagnostic evaluation for bipolar disorder at Ocean Psychiatry. The providers offer assessments in-office and through a telemedicine platform to identify what treatments would be a good fit for you.

If you have suicidal thoughts or try to harm yourself, call 911 for emergency help.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Your treatment plan for bipolar disorder may include one or more therapies to stabilize your moods.

Ocean Psychiatry offers bipolar disorder treatments like:

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Family therapy

Additionally, Ocean Psychiatry offers ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine is an anesthetic drug, and in low doses, it can quickly relieve symptoms of depression by creating new pathways in your brain.

You may also benefit from transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in your brain. TMS may be beneficial if medications aren’t working well to relieve your symptoms. The providers can discuss your options for treatment.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for bipolar disorder, call Ocean Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.