Bipolar Disorder

Glendale Adventist Medical Center offers professional treatment options for individuals suffering from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is a medical illness that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy and functioning. These changes may be subtle or dramatic and typically vary over the course of a person's life. More than 10 million people in the U.S. have bipolar disorder, affecting men and women equally. It is a chronic, life-long condition with recurring episodes of mania and depression that can last for days, even months, and often begins in adolescence or early adulthood.

Symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

  • Either an elated, happy mood or an irritable, angry, unpleasant mood
  • Increased physical and mental activity and energy
  • Racing thoughts and flights of ideas
  • Increased talking, more rapid speech than normal
  • Ambitious, often grandiose plans
  • Risk taking
  • Impulsive activity such as spending sprees, sexual indiscretion and alcohol abuse
  • Decreased sleep without experiencing fatigue

When several symptoms of mania occur at a time, last longer than two weeks and interfere with normal function, social activities or relationships with others, professional treatment is needed. Call (818) 409-8347 to speak with a mental health professional.

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