Psychiatrist For Bipolar Disorder
The Therapy Company are your 5-star private psychiatrists that provide diagnosis and treatment for Bipolar Disorder.
Seeking help and support from a professional when you or your loved ones are suffering from bipolar is extremely important. Bipolar disorder is a complicated mental health condition which can be characterised by extreme mood swings, thought changes and more which significantly impact a person’s life.
The fluctuating symptoms of Bipolar Disorder can occur daily meaning it can be really difficult for someone with Bipolar to maintain any form of stability or routine. Feelings and thoughts are often on the more extreme ends of the scale and will switch from one another regularly.
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- Diagnosis for Bipolar Disorder
- Treatments for managing Bipolar Disorder
- Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and signs you need professional help
Diagnosis For Bipolar Disorder
Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder can be a lengthy and difficult process because there are many mental health disorders that appear similar to the disorder. As a result, many tests are required before our private psychiatrists differentiate between various other disorders through comprehensive evaluations.
Initial Evaluation – Medical histories, symptoms, behavioural patterns and more will be assessed and discussed. Our psychiatry team often see a lot of relief from people who officially get their diagnosis because they can then put a reason behind why they may be feeling a certain way.
Diagnostic Criteria –Psychiatrists will then refer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which provides specific diagnostic criteria for Bipolar Disorder. To receive a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, an individual must meet the criteria outlined which includes the presence of specific manic and depressive symptoms, the duration of the episodes, and the impact of symptoms on daily functioning.
Further Assessments – Further assessments will be carried out at this stage which include family assessments, mood symptom assessments, medical evaluations and differential diagnosis. All individual assessments are to ensure we are providing an accurate diagnosis.
Collaboration & Feedback – Throughout the assessment process, the mental health professional will collaborate with you, encouraging open communication and providing opportunities to provide feedback and ask questions. Your own experiences and insights play an essential role in making an accurate diagnosis.
Psychiatry Treatments For Bipolar Disorder
After diagnosis, our private psychiatrists will then formulate a personalised plan to help you better manage symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and ultimately assist you in living the best and most healthy life possible. Treatment options include;-
CBT – CBT teaches you coping skills and mechanisms in relation to dealing with certain thoughts and feelings. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or DBT is also a talking therapy under the topic of psychotherapy used to treat Bipolar Disorder.
Interpersonal Therapy – Interpersonal therapy is a talking therapy designed to make you think about your relationships with family, friends and colleagues to establish whether these people are having an effect on your overall well being.
Medication – Medication is often used to help stabilise moods when you’ve got Bipolar. Specific medications can be discussed depending on what’s most suitable to you and your symptoms. Medications should be combined with one or both or the above treatment options.
Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorders
Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition characterised by alternating periods of manic episodes and depressive episodes. The symptoms can vary in severity and duration, and individuals with bipolar disorder may experience different combinations of symptoms. Symptoms typically fall into manic or depressive episodes.
Manic Episodes – If you have been suffering from any of the following symptoms for a sustained period of time, it may be time to seek professional help for diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms may include; elevated moods, decreased need for sleep, poor judgement and racing thoughts.
Depressive Episodes – Typical symptoms that fall into the category of depressive episodes may include; persistent sadness, feelings or worthlessness or guilt, fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentration and suicidal thoughts.
Why The Therapy Company?
Bipolar can often be influenced by various triggers and stresses so it’s crucial to find out what these are with a bipolar specialist psychiatrist. We have a series of psychiatrists ready to help you, once you get in touch with us.
We always suggest that you speak to our team first to decide who you feel most comfortable with. This is extremely important with lots of therapies in order to feel the maximum benefits.
The Therapy Company are 5-star rated private psychiatrists that are committed to providing a compassionate and professional service from your initial consultation, through to diagnosis and on-going treatment.
Contact Us Today
Speak to us today by getting in touch using one of the following ways. You can call us on 01772 725530 or use our online contact form. We’re very active across all these areas so we hope to hear from you soon here at The Therapy Company.