Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatry & Medication Management located in Denver, CO

Bipolar disorder affects more than 5.7 million Americans, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. At Peak Interactive Wellness in Denver, Colorado, the experienced psychiatric team takes a multifaceted approach to care that focuses on relieving symptoms and improving your quality of life. In-office visits and telemedicine appointments are available to suit your unique needs and preferences. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes intense shifts in mood and energy that can affect behavior. Individuals with this disorder experience episodes of mania or hypomania — a mild form of mania that causes elevated mood — and depression, with fluctuating periods of stability in between.

During a manic or hypomanic episode, you may feel excited, euphoric, or invincible. A depressive episode can be the exact opposite. Sadness, despair, and loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities can feel all-consuming.

Are there different types of bipolar disorder?

There are several types of bipolar disorder, including:

Bipolar I disorder

Experiencing a manic episode is the most common sign of bipolar I disorder. The condition can also cause hypomanic and depressive episodes with intermittent neutral moods.

Bipolar II disorder

Individuals with bipolar II disorder must have at least one hypomanic and one depressive episode, usually with normal functioning between these periods.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder symptoms are less severe than bipolar disorder, but the emotional ups and downs may occur more frequently. 

What are the main signs of bipolar disorder?

The signs of bipolar disorder can vary depending on the type of episode you experience. Telltale signs of manic, hypomanic, and depressive episodes include:

  • Elevated mood
  • Risky behaviors 
  • Racing thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Making grand gestures or big decisions
  • Overspending
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Suicidal thoughts

At Peak Interactive Wellness, the experienced psychiatry team works with you to relieve your symptoms and develop personalized strategies for balancing your mood.

How do you diagnose bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder requires a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and physical exam to diagnose. After reviewing your medical and family history, the team asks about your symptoms — when they started, how often they occur, and how severe they are. 

Finally, the team compares your symptoms to the criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). If necessary, they may refer you to another provider for lab work to rule out any underlying conditions.

Is bipolar disorder treatable?

Peak Interactive Wellness offers multiple treatments to target the symptoms of bipolar disorder, including:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Lifestyle adjustments

Call Peak Interactive Wellness today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.