Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Advanced Mental Health Care Inc.

Psychiatrists & Psychologists located in Palm Beach, FL & Royal Palm Beach, FL

Bipolar disorder is a mental health challenge that impacts the lives of approximately 5.7 million Americans. Left untreated, bipolar disorder can be devastating to individuals and families. At Advanced Mental Health Care, a team of highly trained psychologists and psychiatrists assist patients in finding relief from the symptoms of bipolar disorder and regaining healthy function in all areas of their lives. If you live in the Greater Palm Beach, Florida, area and are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from bipolar disorder, schedule an initial consultation online with a member of the AMHC team and begin a path toward stability.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

There are four defined types of bipolar disorder, and each includes distinct and discernible changes in mood, activity levels, and energy.

People with bipolar disorder go through periods of extreme animation, happiness, and energy, then swing to depressive periods where everything seems hopeless, and it can be hard to find the energy to complete daily tasks.

The four types of bipolar disorder are:

  • Bipolar I: severe manic and depressive episodes lasting for seven days or more; often requires hospitalization
  • Bipolar II: less intense periods of manic and depressive episodes
  • Cyclothymic disorder: symptoms of mania and depression over at least two years; symptoms do not reach the diagnostic criteria for hypomanic or depressive episodes
  • Other bipolar and related disorders: bipolar symptoms that do not meet the criteria of any of the first three categories

What are the signs of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose. Some people with the condition have less extreme mood swings; others experience elements of mania and depression at the same time.

Additional signs of bipolar disorder include:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling irritated or agitated for no clear reason
  • Engaging in risky behavior
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Frequent forgetfulness

Most people experience these symptoms from time to time; however, when these experiences occur over and over, and with no clear cause, it might be time to schedule an appointment at Advanced Mental Health Care.

What are the treatment options for bipolar disorder?

Treatment options vary, and the psychiatrists at Advanced Mental Health Care create individual treatment plans for each person who seeks care.

Psychotherapy can be an effective treatment option for bipolar disorder, especially when combined with family therapy. Having a strong support system is important for people with bipolar disorder, and including loved ones in the therapeutic process can strengthen your support system.

Medication can also be a powerful tool in treating bipolar disorder. It may take some time and experimentation to find the right one for you, but people have had excellent results through a combination of antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers.

Medication management is an area of specialty for Alison Stier, ARNP. Her expertise helps men and women find the optimal mix of medication and supportive psychotherapy approaches. If you or a loved one is struggling with bipolar disorder, schedule an appointment today.