People who suffer from bipolar disorder will experience sudden changes in their moods. They will have periods of mania that are followed by episodes of deep depression. With treatment these patients can do extremely well. In fact, there are highly successful people with this diagnosis in business, academia, arts, law and medicine.
In her years of practice, Dr. Bonner has seen people with mild and severe symptoms; and with carefully chosen medications they all tend to respond to treatment. However, many people who suffered for years without getting help. If you are worried that you might have bipolar illness, please contact Dr. Bonner by telephone at (650) 323-1851 or email.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as "manic depression," is more common than has been appreciated, and can often run in families. Some estimates are that up to 1% of the American population suffer from this illness. It is characterized by dramatic mood swings that go from highs to depression and sadness, typically interspersed with normal moods. The high moods are called mania and will be accompanied by racing thoughts, feelings of invincibility, and excessive behavior like buying sprees or indiscriminate sexual behaviors. During the depression phase, there will be feelings of worthlessness, inability to think and concentrate, sadness, suicidal thoughts and physical symptoms such as nausea and headaches. There can be problems maintaining jobs and relationships. There are also milder forms of this condition, and those respond exceptionally well to timely treatment.
Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
There are several therapies and medications that can help people with bipolar disorder lead normal, productive lives. Exciting new medications have allowed people who have suffered for years to finally get better. To discuss treatment approaches please contact Dr. Bonner by telephone at (650) 323-1851 or email to set up an appointment.