Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by extended periods of elevated or irritated mood alternating with extended periods of low mood. Bipolar disorder impacts approximately 7 million Americans, though the number could be much higher as it is a challenging condition to correctly diagnose.

Bipolar disorder is believed to exist on a spectrum ranging in degrees of severity. Not all people who have bipolar disorder must take medications. It is essential to see an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder (such as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner or psychiatrist) and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

At Benson Behavioral Health, bipolar disorder treatment begins with a complete evaluation of an individual’s mental and physical health status. Our providers offer evidence-based bipolar treatments, including bipolar medications, nutritional supplements, sleep pattern modifications, supportive psychotherapy, referral to talk therapists or treatment centers, and more.


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