Identifying and Treating Bipolar Disorder

by Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

The staff at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital has experience in a number of fields. Patients from across the country who need quality psychiatric services to help deal with mental health issues, such as trauma or bipolar disorder, find assistance through the Chicago, Illinois, hospital’s inpatient and outpatient programs. Chicago Lakeshore Hospital also offers a number of drug treatment programs.

Bipolar disorder, sometimes referred to as manic-depressive illness, manifests as sudden and extreme mood swings with extreme shifts in energy levels and general desires. While some individuals may only have to deal with feeling suddenly sad or happy from time to time, bipolar disorder commonly prevents a person from completing daily activities and, in some cases, can pose a serious threat to a person’s wellbeing.

Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose without the help of a medical professional. An afflicted individual might feel upbeat and positive for months at a time—oblivious to any underlying medical problem. Subsequent periods of depression and inactivity rarely stimulate the individual to seek medical attention.

Treatment for bipolar disorder generally involves a combination of therapy and medication. Physicians often prescribe lithium, valproic acid, or other mood-balancing medicines. Psychotherapy sessions help prevent relapses by ensuring that patients do not stop taking their medications.