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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder offered in Houston, TX

Bipolar disorder causes extreme mood changes in approximately 2.3 million Americans. At MedCare Clinics, a triple board-certified psychiatrist leads a medical team that offers comprehensive care for adults and children who are living with bipolar disorder. They provide diagnostic evaluations and personalized treatment plans to stabilize your moods. Available treatments include psychological therapies, medications, and noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Call the Houston, Texas, office to schedule a bipolar disorder consultation or book an appointment online today. 

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that causes extreme emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). 

The team at MedCare Clinics diagnoses and treats three categories of bipolar disorder in children and adults:

Bipolar I

Bipolar I causes cycles of manic episodes followed by major depressive episodes.

Bipolar II

Bipolar II disorder causes cycles of hypomanic episodes, which are less severe than manic ones, followed by depressive episodes.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder causes periods of hypomania and depressive symptoms that are less severe than bipolar I and II disorders.

When should I seek medical care for bipolar disorder?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at MedCare Clinics if you have persistent cycles of extreme mood swings that interfere with your usual activities.

Manic and hypomanic episodes can trigger symptoms like:

  • Excessive energy
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Excessive talking
  • Racing or intrusive thoughts
  • Euphoria (exaggerated sense of self-confidence)

Depressive episodes cause a loss of interest in usual activities, hopelessness, sadness, and guilt. You might sleep too much or too little and have no energy to take care of your responsibilities.

Without treatment, bipolar disorder can lead to thoughts or actions of self-harm and suicide. If you experience suicidal ideation, seek help immediately by calling 911 or visiting the nearest emergency room.

The MedCare Clinics team offers comprehensive diagnostic services to confirm bipolar disorder and create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Treatment for bipolar disorder often involves a combination of medications and psychological therapy.

The MedCare Clinics team offers medications like antidepressants and antipsychotics to stabilize your mood. It can take time to find the right medicine and dosage to relieve symptoms of depression and mania.

If depression medications aren’t working well, you may be a candidate for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS uses short pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the areas of your brain that regulate your mood to relieve depression symptoms.

The team also provides psychotherapy (talk therapy), such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to help you identify negative thought patterns and behaviors. They give you tools to improve your mindset and actions, so you can enjoy a stable, high-quality life.

Call MedCare Clinics to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for bipolar disorder or book an appointment online today.