Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (or manic-depressive disorder) is a mood disorder defined by abnormally elevated levels of energy, cognition, and mood. If this describes the behavior of you or a loved one, consider treatment from the highly trained psychiatrists and clinicians at Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center.

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

People diagnosed as bipolar often experience elevated states of depression and mania. This type of person is either very happy or very sad, with little to no in-between.

Symptoms are very powerful, can damage relationships, and make it hard to attend work or school. They can also be physically and emotionally dangerous to the diagnosed person, who can become so depressed that they try to hurt themselves and—in extreme cases—attempt suicide.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Manic state
    • Feeling very happy or “up”
    • Rapid talk about many topics at once
    • Agitation, irritation, or emotional sensitivity
    • Trouble relaxing
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Reckless behavior
  • Depressed state
    • Feeling very sad or “low”
    • Feeling worried
    • Feeling empty
    • Trouble concentrating
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Forgetfulness
    • Lost interest in being active
    • Thoughts of death or suicide

Call 954-734-2001 for more information. Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center is licensed and accredited, accepts Medicare and most other private insurances, and offers reasonable self-pay rates.

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