Bipolar Disorder Treatment in North Conway, NH :

Bipolar Affective Disorder

Bipolar Affective Disorder (also referred to as Manic Depression) consists of both depression and mania. Symptoms of mania include hyperactivity, agitation, anxiety, intense anger or irritability, rapid speech, racing thoughts, psychosis, decreased need for sleep, impulsivity, suicidal thoughts and behaviors and risk-taking behaviors. Rapid onset of manic symptoms in an individual without a known history of a mood disorder requires a thorough medical and psychiatric evaluation to rule out potential underlying medical causes for the manic symptoms. Manic symptoms can range from mild to severe and can necessitate psychiatric hospitalization in certain situations. Changes in mood states can occur rapidly and frequently for some, while for others the mood states are more distinct and episodic.  Some individuals may have long periods of stable moods interspersed between their mania and depression. Medication management is considered the first-line treatment for Bipolar Affective Disorder. Medications used to treat Bipolar Affective Disorder include mood stabilizers, antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics. ECT is sometimes used in the treatment of Bipolar Affective Disorder. Psychotherapy is often helpful in the treatment of Bipolar Affective Disorder, but is not recommended without appropriate medication management. In almost all cases, psychotherapy alone is not considered an appropriate treatment option for Bipolar Affective Disorder.

If you are suffering from a mood disorder and are interested in psychotherapy as part of your treatment, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation appointment.