Understanding Bipolar Disorder

anxiety depressed thinking senior chinese lady. Bipolar disorder is one of many mental health conditions that are seen in patients who visit Sana Behavioral Health of Las Vegas, NV. This disorder is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood by the general public. Let’s discuss the primary characteristics of bipolar disorder to obtain a better understanding of what it is and how it presents in patients over the age of 45.

What Are the More Common Signs of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is primarily characterized by extreme mood swings. These mood swings occur between days or weeks, not typically within the same day, as many incorrectly believe. Patients who are accurately diagnosed with bipolar disorder often experience episodes of mania and depression, which may last for days to weeks at a time.

What Is Mania?

Mania is a period within bipolar disorder where the patient experiences an elevated mood and energy level, typically paired with reduced sleep. Symptoms of mania include:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Racing thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Inflated self-esteem and confidence

What Is Depression?

Depression can also occur within bipolar disorder. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns

Some of these symptoms may coincide with other mental health disorders and conditions. This often delays the time in which patients receive a proper diagnosis of their specific mental illness and impact the time it takes to find an effective treatment to manage this or other coinciding mental health concerns. By speaking openly with our assessment team at Sana Behavioral Health, we can get a better overall picture of your mental health needs and achieve a successful diagnosis early on for earlier treatment and care.

Are You or a Loved One in Need of Help?

At Sana Behavioral Health, we serve patients in and around the area of Las Vegas, NV, who are over the age of 45 and need assistance with mental health and illnesses, substance abuse and addiction, and detox services. With a 24/7 patient care line, we can assist you immediately. Call 725-605-0310 to request a free assessment.

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