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Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic depression, causes the brain to direct extreme shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function.

    A person with this disorder often experiences severe mood swings, from extremely depressed and irritable to overly excited, “high” or manic.

    At least two million Americans suffer from manic depression. Typically, it develops in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. People may suffer for years before it is properly diagnosed and treated.

    Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

    Our team utilizes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to diagnosis bipolar disorder. A physician suspecting this disorder will also use the following methods to rule out complications:

    • Physical exam
    • Blood or urine tests
    • Keeping a record of the patient’s daily moods or sleep patterns

    Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

    Symptoms of a manic episode include: 

    • Increased energy, activity, and restlessness
    • Unrealistic beliefs in abilities and powers
    • Racing thoughts
    • Rapid talking
    • Excessive “high” or euphoric feelings
    • Irritable and aggressive behavior
    • Distractibility and poor work performance
    • Less need for sleep
    • Poor judgment and impulsive behavior
    • Undertaking risky drug or alcohol use

    Symptoms of a depressive episode include: 

    • Severe sadness and hopelessness
    • Frequent pain without knowing the source
    • Increased or decreased appetite
    • Sleep problems or fatigue
    • Loss of interest in favorite activities
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Irritability
    • Poor work performance or absence from work
    • Suicidal thoughts or actions

    Many also exhibit normal mood periods between the extreme manic and depressive episodes. Bipolar disorder can run in families. 

    Personalized Bipolar Disorder Treatment

    Our multidisciplinary staff will examine the patient to formulate an individual treatment plan. Options include:

    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – teaches patients about their triggers and how to use their thinking to control and manage their feelings and behaviors.
    • Recovery Group. Patients who are also exhibiting a substance abuse problem will be encouraged to participate in a 12-step recovery group.
    • Support Group. Patients and their families can also participate in a depression and bipolar support alliance support group. Family members are encouraged to join in the therapy options to support patients.
    • Medication. Mood stabilizers and anti-depressants may be used to treat bipolar disorder. In cases where a patient is very resistant to treatment, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be recommended.

    Like the medical health maladies of heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person’s life.


    Inpatient treatment for bipolar disorders

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Outpatient offices for mood disorder treatment

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    Medical Office Building at Tabor Road
    1200 W. Tabor Road, Suite 100
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Einstein Center One
    9880 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 218
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
    Offices 28 and 29, Second Floor West
    60 Township Line Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027

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