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Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar disorder is characterized by feelings of intense highs and intense lows. 

You might experience “manic” or “depressive” episodes or mood swings between the two.

Bipolar Disorder is Characterized by Intense Highs and Lows

Manic Symptoms:

If you have a “Manic” episode you might be feeling elevated or have an irritable mood lasting about one week with some of the following symptoms:

  • Inflated self-esteem

  • Decreased need for sleep

  • Very talkative

  • Flight of ideas or racing thoughts

  • Distractibility

  • Increase in goal directed activities

  • Excessive involvement in risky activities

If these symptoms are less severe or last only 4 days they are described as “hypomanic”

Depressive Symptoms:

A “Depressive” episode can be described as two weeks of feeling sad with some of the following symptoms:

  • Depressed mood

  • Loss of interest in activities

  • Change in appetite

  • Poor sleep

  • Feelings of restlessness or feeling slowed down

  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness

  • Loss of energy

  • Poor concentration

  • Thoughts of death or suicide


At Brightland Health, located in the Lincoln Park - Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, our team of Psychiatrists and Therapists can help you minimize symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. You can learn to control mood swings and lead a healthy, productive life.  The most effective treatment is a combination of medications and therapy.

Medications may include:

  • Mood Stabilizers
  • Lithium

  • Depakote (Valproic Acid)

  • Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

  • Atypical Antipsychotics
  • Seroquel (Quetiapine)

  • Latuda (Lurasidone)

  • Abilify (Aripiprazole)

  • Zyprexa (Olanzepine)

Therapy might involve learning to identify and cope with mood swings, adding structure to daily routines or improving relationships with others. 

Call today to schedule online and start taking steps towards a brighter future

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