Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Denver and Wheat Ridge, CO

Bipolar Disorder

The first signs of bipolar disorder may appear in teens, but this serious mental health condition most often begins in young adults around age 25. Magnolia Medical Group has a skilled team of physicians and mental health professionals with years of experience treating bipolar disorder. They create personalized treatments targeting all your challenges, ensuring you have the best chance of overcoming bipolar disorder and co-occurring conditions like substance use disorder. Call the office in Denver or Wheat Ridge, Colorado, today or connect online and schedule an appointment to learn more about bipolar disorder treatment.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder causes mood swings between mania and depression, but the severity and frequency of your symptoms depends on the type of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I disorder

Bipolar I disorder is the classic condition defined by severe mania and major depression. Manic episodes last at least one week and cause such extreme symptoms that people often need inpatient care.

Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder also causes major depression, but you have less severe manic episodes called hypomania. Hypomania often feels like a positive, productive burst of energy.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder causes swings between mild depression and hypomania. Though your symptoms are mild, you have frequent mood swings that go on for at least two years and cause symptoms for at least half the time.

Is bipolar disorder associated with substance abuse?

Bipolar disorder raises your risk of abusing drugs and/or alcohol, potentially leading to an addiction. The statistics show that 30%-50% of people diagnosed with bipolar I or II disorder develop a substance use disorder.

The Magnolia Medical Group treats both conditions simultaneously. Comprehensive care is essential for recovering from substance use, managing bipolar disorder, and building a healthy, productive life.

What symptoms will I experience with bipolar disorder? 

Mania and hypomania cause the same symptoms with differing severity, including:

  • Feeling elated, irritable, or jumpy
  • Having constant energy
  • Talking excessively or rapidly
  • Needing little to no sleep
  • Experiencing racing thoughts
  • Desiring pleasurable activities (whether food, sex, alcohol, or drugs) 

People with bipolar I disorder may also have hallucinations and delusions.

Whether you have major depressive disorder (in bipolar I and II) or mild depression, you’ll have some of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling sad and hopeless
  • Having little or no energy
  • Giving up activities they enjoy
  • Having insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Feeling irritable or restless

Depression may trigger thoughts of suicide. If you can’t shake these thoughts or you create a plan, immediately call 988 (the suicide and crisis hotline).

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Mood stabilizing medications are crucial for preventing mood swings. Your integrated care at Magnolia Medical Group also includes therapy, recommendations for lifestyle changes that prevent mood swings, and medication-assisted treatment for an addiction.

Call Magnolia Medical Group today or use online booking to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment and begin transformative treatment for bipolar disorder.