Bipolar Disorder

Gordon Psychology Group

Intensive Outpatient Program & Partial Hospitalization Center located in Laguna Hills, CA

Bipolar disorder is one of the more commonly misunderstood brain disorders, which is why you need the help of professionals who understood this illness. At Gordon Psychology Group, Dr. William Gordon and his colleagues have extensive experience helping patients in Laguna Hills, California, better cope with bipolar disorder using evidence-based treatments. For more information or to request an appointment, call the office or use the online scheduler.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder has long been thought of as an illness of extreme highs and lows, but there’s far more to it than that. In fact, there are four main types of bipolar disorder, including:

Bipolar I disorder

The hallmark of this type of brain disorder is manic episodes that last more than a week. These episodes are so severe that they often require hospitalization to prevent the person from harming themselves or others. In addition to the mania, depressive episodes also occur.

Bipolar II disorder

This form of the illness comes with manic and depressive episodes, but the manic episodes — known here as hypomanic episodes — aren’t as severe as they are with bipolar I.

Cyclothymic disorder

With cyclothymia, you go through depressive and hypomanic episodes, which aren’t severe but persist for two years or more (one year for children).

The fourth category is made up of specified and unspecified bipolar, or related, disorders that feature the main symptoms of the other three disorders, but they don’t present themselves in a typical pattern.


What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder comes with two different sets of symptoms that fall under mania or depression. Under manic symptoms, you might experience: 

  • Hyperactivity and increased energy
  • A feeling of euphoria
  • Racing thoughts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Risky behavior
  • Aggression 

With a depressive episode, the symptoms typically include:

  • Feelings of extreme sadness and hopelessness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Irritability

The symptoms listed above under each category are far from comprehensive, but they should give you an idea of what to watch out for.

 

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Dr. Gordon and his team at Gordon Psychology Group tailor a treatment plan to fit your unique situation. Since bipolar disorder takes on many different forms and degrees of severity, they first spend time assessing and evaluating your case to make sure they approach it with the right protocols. Your treatment plan may include one, or a combination of, the following: 

  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Group or one-on-one counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Medication 

While your treatment plan may differ from another patient’s, the goal at Gordon Psychology Group is the same across the board: help you find freedom, joy, and serenity from bipolar disorder.

To get started on bipolar disorder treatment, call Gordon Psychology Group or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.