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I specialize in treating bipolar disorder. It is a troubling reality for millions of individuals and families around the world. About 1 percent of people across all nations and cultures have the disorder, which can disrupt relationships, cognitive function, and more. It’s the leading cause of disability among young people.
The most alarming potential result of bipolar symptoms is suicide — at least 25 to 50 percent of people with the disorder attempt suicide at least once.
That’s why staying on top of the disorder is imperative. It can’t be cured, but its effects can be mitigated with medication (both mood stabilizers and antidepressants) and therapy.
In my practice, I’ve found it’s important to involve the families of individuals with bipolar disorder throughout the process. A family-wide understanding of the disorder and how to treat it typically leads to better outcomes. Together we develop strategies for dealing with an individual’s specific triggers and conflicts that arise.
Bipolar is a lifelong diagnosis. Developing a close relationship with a mental health specialist and being open with that person about symptoms and concerns is the best thing someone suffering from bipolar can do. Bipolar can’t be detected or tracked with blood tests or brain scans and it can be mistaken for unipolar depression, so frequent assessment is necessary.
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