Psychiatrists and Integrative Medicine located in Delray Beach, FL

Does your mood swing from one end of the spectrum to the other in the blink of an eye? Do you have difficulty tackling everyday tasks? Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes rapid changes in mood, from elation to depression, and can make normal life very difficult. Dr. Heidi Erickson at First Complete Psychiatry in Delray Beach, Florida has years of experience helping people manage their bipolar disorder and offers a comprehensive treatment plan that includes both traditional and alternative therapies.
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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental health illness characterized by extreme highs and lows in mood. The rapid changes in mood can affect your energy, judgment, and behavior.

Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition, but you can manage it with the right treatment and therapy. It can be diagnosed at any age, but it usually shows up in your teens or early 20s.

What are the type of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is sometimes referred to as a spectrum disorder due to its range in types, which include:

Bipolar I disorder: Full-blown manic and depressive episodes that last a week or longer and may require hospitalization
Bipolar II disorder: Depression and hypomania, a low-level elated mood
Cyclothymic disorder: Numerous episodes of hypomania and depression that last longer than two years in adults or one year in children
Unspecified bipolar disorder: A bipolar disorder that doesn’t fit into a category
While bipolar I disorder may present as the most extreme, all types of the disorder may cause some amount of disability.

What are the Symptoms of bipolar?

Symptoms of ADHD vary but may include:

Fleeting thoughts
Increase in activity
Feeling of elation
Difficulty sleeping

Common depressive symptoms include:

Feelings of unworthiness or emptiness
Low energy or lack of activity
Sleeping too little or too much
Difficulty concentrating or forgetfulness
Thoughts of suicide

If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911 or the suicide hotline.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Medications used to treat bipolar disorder include:

Dr. Erickson uses a combination of talk therapy, medication, and alternative treatments to help you manage your bipolar disorder. Even with the right treatment, you may continue to experience highs and lows in mood, but the degree and duration significantly decrease.

Mood stabilizers
Atypical antipsychotics
Dr. Erickson may also recommend MethylPro®, a natural mood stabilizer, or Nordic Naturals® omega-3 fatty acid supplements to help with depression.
As an integrative psychiatrist who treats the whole body, Dr. Erickson also recommends you eat a healthy diet and participate in regular activity to help balance your mood.If your mood swings are affecting your life, Call the office