Behavioral Health Conditions

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is an illness involving one or more episodes of serious mania and depression. The illness causes a person to have severe mood swings—from excessively “high” and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, with periods of a normal mood in between. In addition, major depressive disorder is often misdiagnosed in manic depressives as patients only tend to seek help when they’re experiencing a period of depression. A thorough understanding of the patient’s mood tendencies is key to an accurate diagnosis—and referral to an appropriate mental health professional.

For medication information, use the Medication Guide

The symptoms of mania, which can last up to three months if untreated, include:

  • Excessive energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts and rapid talking.
  • Denial that anything is wrong.
  • Extreme “high” or euphoric feelings
  • Easily irritated or distracted.
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Unrealistic beliefs in one’s ability and powers