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What is Bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, formally known as manic depression, is a neurobiological brain disorder that causes extreme mood swings, inducing emotional highs and extreme lows.

Unlike simple mood swings that all of us experience, each episode of bipolar disorder can last for several weeks or even longer. The individual’s emotions will be at a higher high intensity. Bipolar disorder does not have a cure; however, several very effective treatment options are available. These treatment options ultimately depend on the type of symptoms you experience and the severity of your episode; however, individuals who have medical intervention go on to see their overall quality of life significantly improve.


Park Mental Health San Diego has been treating individuals that have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for several years. Our mental health experts have complete experience and knowledge of Bipolar in all its forms. Our teams here at Park Mental Health will clarify your current situation and help you start to make peace with your mental health challenges.


Rougly 2.8% of the U.S. population has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and nearly 83% of cases are classified as severe. If left untreated, bipolar disorder usually worsens.

Bipolar disorder can come in many forms

Bipolar disorder can surface in many forms depending on the individual. These can be seen as Bipolar l, Bipolar ll, and Cyclothymia. Our expert mental health professionals have intimate experience and knowledge of bipolar disorder in all of its forms. 

You may often feel completely hopeless when struggling with bipolar disorder symptoms; however, we want to assure you that we can effectively help you with peace with all of your mental health challenges and thoroughly support you in moving forward with your life goals.

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Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a complex neurobiological brain disorder, and therefore an individual will experience a range of signs and symptoms further depending on the type of bipolar they are experiencing. However, there are various general signs to look out for that may cause concern for an individual developing bipolar. These can be as follows.

Mental signs and symptoms to look out for:

Extreme sadness & unhappiness

Low self-esteem

Thoughts of self harm

Changes in appetite


Racing thoughts

Talking quickly

Unrealistic beliefs

Pessimistic about everything

Lacking energy

Despair and guilt

Disturbed or illogical thinking


Physical signs and symptoms to look out for

Quick weight loss or gain

Waking up early


Aches & pains


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Early warning signs of Bipolar disorder

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent an individual from experiencing bipolar symptoms; however, receiving treatment as early as possible can control your mental health and the disorder itself from worsening. Bipolar disorder is a relatively common mental health disorder, with around 1 in 100 people being diagnosed a year, so you do not ever need to feel alone when battling your symptoms. 


Suppose you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with bipolar. In that case, we have effective strategies that can help prevent minor symptoms from becoming full-blown episodes of depression or mania. This can include:

Avoid consuming alcohol and drugs:

Abusing illicit drugs and alcohol can severely worsen your bipolar symptoms and make them significantly more likely to return. 

Pay attention to the warning signs:

Addressing symptoms in the early stages can prevent episodes from worsening. Look out for patterns that trigger an attack. If you believe you are about to fall into a mania or depressive episode please do call your doctor immediately.  Furthermore, asking trusted friends and family to keep an eye out for warning signs significantly increase the likelihood of prevention. 

Ensure you take your medication as directed:

Individuals can often feel tempted to stop taking their treatment because they feel better. Please do not stop taking your medication appropriately. If you are to stop or reduce your dosage yourself, you may trigger withdrawal effects, which subsequently may worsen your symptoms or make them return. 

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A tailored treatment program for you

If you find that your or a loved one’s symptoms of bipolar have become so severe that it has begun to hinder their day-to-day life, we would advise you to seek medical help immediately. 


Overcoming bipolar can be a complicated process, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. With the correct treatment for your specific symptoms, experience, severity, and lifestyle, you can learn to manage your fears and paranoia and live a productive and fulfilling life with your loved ones. 


Treating severe paranoia will often require a lot of pf patience and involve taking therapies such as:

Treatment for bipolar will wholly depend on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Your psychiatrist may recommend medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. 


Seeking help is the first and most challenging step. The psychiatrist here at Park will run you through a complete analysis so they can understand the severity of your symptoms, duration, content, and the impact it is having on your life currently. We need to know further if you are taking any medication, your medical history, and your family.

If you have found yourself or a loved one experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of anxiety, please do get in contact with a member of our team to receive the care and help you need.

Selfcare Tips for Bipolar Disorder

Practicing daily healthy habits that eventually become part of a typical pattern will lead to more effective outcomes regarding your mental health disorder. Creating a healthy routine that you know eases your symptoms when they get bad will help avoid any severe consequences. Below, we have recommended a few activities that immensely helped our past clients recover from bipolar. It is essential to understand that while you may always have to live with your mental illness, you do not have to let it control your life.

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Therapy Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

We are proud to have some of San Diego’s most experienced consultants and therapists providing our bipolar disorder treatment. Our teams will effectively work with you to help you manage your bipolar symptoms while reducing the intensity of any future episodes.


Therapy treatment for bipolar disorder aims to significantly reduce the amount and the severity of the individual mania and depression episodes to allow them to live as much everyday life as possible. Attending therapy sessions for bipolar can help give your life structure and support through stressful and challenging situations. 


Park Mental Health San Diego has a variety of treatment options regarding Bipolar; however, standard therapies can include, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). These evidence-based therapies can help you develop vital skills sets such as: 

Bipolar is a complex disorder that affects each one of us differently, which is why we offer bespoke evidence-based approaches to help you develop skills effectively to aid you in breaking the negative cycles.

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Medication Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

There are several options if you decide to go down this route which will be effective in aiding you to manage your symptoms of bipolar. Depending on the severity of the person’s bipolar, it is common for medication to be prescribed as a first defense mechanism to help the individual manage their severe symptoms of bipolar. More often than not, this medication will be prescribed alongside your therapy treatment program. 


Your consultant psychiatrist will always discuss the medical options before recommending them. You will work together to find the best type of medication for your specific diagnosis and circumstances that work for you.


Many people do not enjoy taking medication for their disorder and believe they have to hide; however, there is never any shame in taking medication to help cope with the symptoms of bipolar every day. 


Due to each experiencing unique symptoms, receiving the best results requires analyzing each person to the most effective medication. Our medical professionals at Park will constantly research and finetuning treatment to ensure the individual response is at maximum effectiveness. 


To ensure you receive the best results, your progress must be measured periodically. This allows us to make informed decisions based on data regarding your treatment.

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Types of medication for Bipolar Disorder

Medication can often be prescribed as the first line of treatment for bipolar. Mediation is an effective way to deal with your symptoms, whereas therapy treatment will delve into your mind to understand your root cause of the mental health disorder.

In the beginning, individuals will want to calm their bipolar symptoms before they understand the complex reasons why they may be suffering. Below we have a list of medications we often prescribe to our customers:








Mood stabilizers




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