Living with bipolar disorder can be difficult. Not only is the condition physically and emotionally draining, but it can also be hard to find the right treatment. Traditional therapies like medication and therapy often require you to leave your home and visit a therapist’s office.
This can be expensive and time-consuming. Now, there is a new option for those living with bipolar disorder: online treatment! The mental health professionals at Crownview Telehealth offer online treatment for bipolar disorder or other mental illness that is convenient, affordable, and effective.
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health condition that’s associated with episodes of mood swings, with both depressive symptoms and manic symptoms.
When you are going through a low stage you might have depressive episodes where you feel sad, hopeless, and have little to no interest in activities that are normally fun for you. When your mood changes you may have manic episodes or hypomania, you might feel excited, full of new found energy, or sometimes irritable. These shifts in mood can affect your energy and activity levels, behavior, judgement, and your sleep.
Bipolar disorder is usually diagnosed during late adolescence or young adulthood, but it may start earlier in life. Risk factors for bipolar disorder include having a close relative with the disorder, drug abuse, and stressful life situations.
Complications of bipolar disorder may include:
Bipolar II disorder is a type of bipolar disorder. It is characterized by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. A person with bipolar II disorder usually have mood swings that are less intense and has never experienced a full manic episode.
Cyclothymic disorder is a mood disorder that is characterized by several hypomanic episodes. It also has a pattern of depressive symptoms that does not meet the criteria for major depression, sometimes called dysthymia. The symptoms are present for at least two years and may lead to bipolar disorder in later life.
It is estimated that 2.6 percent of American adults suffer from bipolar i or bipolar ii, which is close to 6 million total people. There is a higher incidence of bipolar disorder in the United States than most other countries.
There is no easy online bipolar disorder test that can self-diagnose a person. Bipolar disorder is only diagnosed by a doctor and must be ruled out by other psychiatric disorders first because symptoms of bipolar disorder are similar to symptoms of other mental health conditions, like anxiety and depression.
The diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder is very high. To diagnose bipolar disorder, you will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. You may also need a physical exam and lab tests to rule out other health conditions that could be causing your symptoms.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder include the following:
Many patients who suffer from bipolar i or bipolar ii will be diagnosed with depression. Depression is a common symptom of bipolar disorder, but it’s not the same as clinical depression. People who suffer from bipolar disorder tend to cycle between feeling really good (high mood) and feeling really bad (low mood).
When you have a depressive episode or are in a depressive state, it means that you feel very sad or hopeless and may lose interest in most activities. You also have other symptoms that are usually associated with deep depression, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy level, concentration and self-worth. Depressive episodes are often more disabling than a manic episode.
A patient with bipolar disorder may engage in risky behaviors such as spending too much money, having unprotected sex or using drugs and alcohol.
A manic episode is a time when you feel very happy, energetic and have lots of ideas and racing thoughts. You also may speak quickly and be less able to focus on tasks. Some people with bipolar disorder become irritable during a manic episode.
Bipolar disorder can cause intense depression or suicidal thoughts. It is important to get seek immediate medical attention if you are having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself.
The pattern of a person’s symptoms is called their “course.” The course of bipolar disorder can be unpredictable and change over time. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating bipolar disorder, but there are a number of effective treatments available.
One treatment option that has become increasingly popular in recent years is online treatment for bipolar disorder. Crownview Telehealth offers online treatment options for bipolar and other mental disorders and illnesses.
Bipolar disorders are a lifelong condition, because of this bipolar is treated by managing your symptoms. Depending on your specific needs, bipolar disorder treatment options may include the following:
Medication: Generally you will need to start taking medications right away in order to help balance your moods. Common medications to treat bipolar disorder include mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants.
Ongoing Treatment: Bipolar disorder involves lifelong treatment with medication, even during stages where you’re feeling better.
Day Programs: Many doctors recommend day treatment programs for their patients, in order to provide support and counseling while you’re working to control your symptoms.
Substance Abuse Treatment: A lot of those suffering from bipolar disorder will attempt to self medicate. If you’re having problems with drugs or alcohol you’ll also want to look into substance abuse treatment as well.
Social Rhythm Therapy: A type of psychotherapy used to help stabilize the circadian rhythms in your life. Stabilizing these rhythms can greatly improve your sleep habits and reduce stress, two factors that are known to negatively impact those with bipolar disorder.
Family Therapy: Family therapy can be a great way for you and your family members to learn about bipolar disorder and how to best support you. It can also help reduce stress in the family unit.
Talk Therapy: Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a great way for those with bipolar disorder to learn coping skills and manage their symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is often used to help people with bipolar disorder learn how to manage their symptoms.
Self-Care: Managing stress levels, getting enough sleep, and eating a balanced diet are all important ways to help keep your bipolar disorder under control.
The key to living a normal life and well being is in your hands. It is very important to find a treatment plan that works for you. There are many options out there and it can be hard to decide what will work best for you.
Crownview Telehealth offers online therapy and treatment so you can get the help you need from the comfort of your home. Please give us a call at 833-957-2690 to get started today!
Bipolar disorder can be a very challenging condition to live with. Not only are people with bipolar disorder at risk for problems with sleep, eating, energy level, and social relationships. For bipolar sufferers, depressive periods will alternate with manic periods, and unless treatment services are sought that cycle will continue indefinitely.
A mental health professional at Crownview can diagnose mental illnesses for further evaluation and develop a treatment plan and medication options. At Crownview Telehealth we offer intensive online treatment programs to help individuals struggling with bipolar illness manage symptoms and learn healthy strategies for coping with stress and changes in mood.