What is Bipolar Disorder? What are the symptoms? What are the treatments? Understanding more about the condition will enable you to make informed decisions to get help.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. It used to be known as manic depression.
The NHS lists symptoms of bipolar disorder as depression when you may feel very low and lethargic. You may also experience mania when you feel very high and overactive. Symptoms of bipolar disorder depend on which mood you’re experiencing.
Unlike simple mood swings, each extreme episode of bipolar disorder can last for several weeks. Sometimes it can be even longer.
Identifying that you are suffering from symptoms is the first step to getting help.
If you suffer from the symptoms of depression or mania it can be very worrying. It may be diagnosed as bipolar disorder. Dr Serena Lai is a Consultant Psychiatrist in London who can help with bipolar disorder. She has extensive knowledge and experience in psychopharmacology as well as in working with a range of psychiatric disorders.
Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
It is thought using a combination of different treatment methods is the best way to control bipolar disorder. The aim of all treatments is to control the effects of an episode. They will also help someone with bipolar disorder live life as normally as possible.
Medicine, known as mood stabilisers, can be taken on a long term basis. There are also medications that can be taken to treat the symptoms of depression and mania when they occur.
However, there are also other treatments that a psychiatrist such as Dr Serena Lai can use to help with bipolar disorder. It is important to learn to recognise the triggers and signs of an episode of depression or mania. Psychological treatment, such as talking therapy, can help you deal with depression. It also provides advice about how to improve your relationships and get support from those around you.
Simple lifestyle changes such as doing regular exercise, planning activities you enjoy that give you a sense of achievement, as well as improving your diet and getting more sleep can also help with bipolar disorder symptoms.
Get in Touch
Dr Serena Lai is highly regarded as a Psychiatrist. Her ethos is putting her patients first and always being there for them. She works towards creating a strong relationship and alliance with her patients and their families. Dr Lai welcomes you to her clinic to discuss your symptoms. The simple booking facility on the website makes it easy to make an appointment. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)7961 250 993.