If you’re experiencing extreme bouts of sadness or, conversely, euphoria, then you may be suffering from a mood disorder. Bipolar disorder, which affects approximately 5.7 million Americans, is a type of mood disorder that includes extreme highs and lows. At Custom Access Psychiatry in Chicago, the team of mental health experts provides customized treatments to improve your mood and manage your symptoms. Call Custom Access Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.
A mood disorder is a psychological disorder that causes a change in your emotional state that doesn’t match your circumstances. With a mood disorder, you may feel empty or extremely sad, or experience extreme shifts in your mood that alternate between depression and elation.
Examples of mood disorders include:
Fortunately, you can get relief from the emotional highs and lows of your mood disorder with medication and therapy.
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes highly erratic behavior. The most notable characteristic of bipolar disorder is that your mood and behavior swing between emotional extremes.
There are several kinds of bipolar disorder, and each type has specific characteristics.
Bipolar I causes mood swings between manic highs and depressive lows. You may swing directly from a manic episode to depression, but you can also have periods of normal moods between the extremes.
Bipolar II causes similar mood swings to bipolar I, but your manic episodes aren't quite as high or extreme and are classified as hypomanic.
Cyclothymic disorder is the least severe form of bipolar disorder. You may move between manic and depressive episodes more quickly, but your symptoms are milder than other types of bipolar.
You might assume that patients with bipolar disorder have constant highs and lows, with extreme mood swings on a daily basis. However, bipolar disorder doesn't cause rapid-fire emotional changes. The phases of bipolar disorder last for days or weeks at a time.
Manic symptoms include:
Depressive symptoms include:
If your symptoms are disrupting your life, make an appointment with Custom Access Psychiatry.
Custom Access Psychiatry offers customized treatment plans for mood disorders. Your treatment plan may include a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle adjustments. Medication is often used to regulate your brain chemistry and relieve your symptoms so you can focus your energy on productive therapy sessions. You can have in-home therapy if your condition makes it difficult for you to make it to the office.
If you live with extreme mood swings or are concerned about bipolar disorder or another mood disorder, call Custom Access Psychiatry or schedule a consultation online today.