Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. This disorder affects men and women equally. It usually starts between ages 15 to 25. In most people with bipolar disorder, there is no clear cause for the manic or depressive episodes. If you believe you or your child may be suffering from severe mood swings, an evaluation can be done at Tashawna K. Duncan, Ph.D., P.A.

What are some of the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

  • Easily distracted
  • Little need for sleep
  • Poor judgment
  • Poor temper control
  • Reckless behavior and lack of self control
    • Binge eating, drinking, and/or drug use
    • Poor judgment
    • Spending sprees
  • Very elevated mood
    • Excess activity
    • Increased energy
    • Racing thoughts
    • Talking a lot
    • Very high self-esteem
  • Very involved in activities
  • Often agitated or irritated
  • Depressed mood

How is Bipolar Disorder treated?