Bipolar Disorder


About Bipolar Disorder

People with bipolar disorder experience rapid and unexpected shifts in mood and energy that affect their ability to manage their day-to-day life. Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition requiring ongoing psychiatric care. The board-certified psychiatrists at Serenity Mental Health Centers specialize in treating bipolar disorder and offer alternative therapies to help stabilize mood and energy without side effects. They have locations in the Biltmore, Desert Ridge, and Chandler area of Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona; Lehi and Holladay, Utah; and Lakewood and Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado. To learn more about alternative bipolar disorder treatments, call the office or request an appointment online.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes abnormal shifts in mood and energy; people with bipolar disorder cycle between manic and depressive episodes.

Manic episodes

During a manic episode, you feel elated and full of energy. However, you may also have difficulty sleeping and eating and feel anxious and irritable. 

Depressive episodes

During a depressive episode, you feel sad, empty, and hopeless. Your energy levels are low, and you may struggle with concentration and decision-making. You may also find it hard to sleep or feel like you need to sleep all the time.

What are the types of bipolar disorder?

There are three types of bipolar disorder; each includes varying degrees of manic and depressive symptoms. The types include:

Bipolar I disorder

Bipolar I disorder causes the most severe symptoms. People with this type have manic episodes that last seven or more days and require hospitalization. Depressive episodes that last two or more weeks follow the manic episodes.

Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder is less severe than bipolar I disorder. With this type, your mood fluctuates between periods of hypomania (low-level mania) and depression. 

Cyclothymic disorder

With cyclothymic disorder, you may have depressive and hypomanic symptoms over a two-year period. However, your mood changes don’t meet the diagnostic criteria for a bipolar disorder diagnosis.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Traditional treatment for bipolar disorder includes a combination of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and psychotherapy. Unfortunately, some people find the side effects from the medications for bipolar disorder intolerable.

When it comes to mental health care, the Serenity Mental Health Centers team understands no single treatment works for all. They offer many alternative treatment options for bipolar disorder to help you get relief from your symptoms and improve your quality of life without side effects. 

These alternative bipolar disorder treatments include:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy

TMS therapy is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic coils to send magnetic pulses to specific areas of your brain. These pulses activate nerve cells, which improve bipolar disorder symptoms like depression and anxiety. 

Ketamine infusion therapy

The psychiatric practice also offers ketamine infusion therapy to supplement TMS therapy or as a standalone treatment for bipolar disorder. Ketamine infusions provide immediate relief from depression and anxiety symptoms.

To find out more about alternative treatments to manage your bipolar disorder, call Serenity Mental Health Centers or request an appointment online today.

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Serenity Mental Health Centers
Located in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado