It’s estimated that nearly 6 million adults in the United States have bipolar disorder, which is a condition that alters mood and energy. The experienced team at Blackhawk TMS, with offices in Danville and Napa, California, specializes in the treatment of bipolar disorder and offers alternative treatments to those who don’t respond well to traditional care. To get help with your bipolar disorder, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Bipolar disorder is a disorder of the brain that causes changes in mood and energy and often affects day-to-day activities. Researchers aren’t certain of the exact cause of bipolar disorder, but have found that people with the condition have altered brain structure and function. Your genetics and various environmental factors may also play a role in the development of the disorder.
People with bipolar disorder generally cycle between feeling up, or manic, and feeling down, or depressed. The degree of these shifts is used to classify bipolar disorder into the various types, which include:
People with bipolar I disorder may experience manic episodes that last for seven or more days. In some cases, the manic episode may be so severe that hospitalization is required. These manic episodes are then followed by a period of depression.
In bipolar II disorder, you experience a pattern of depression followed by hypomania, which is a less severe manic episode.
Cyclothymic disorder occurs when you experience numerous hypomanic episodes and depressive episodes for at least two years.
In some cases, you may not fall into any one specific type, but still have bipolar disorder due to the cycles between manic and depressive episodes.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness that requires ongoing care. Treatment usually includes a combination of psychotherapy and medication. The experienced team at Blackhawk TMS works closely with you to help you find the best combination of treatments to help you gain control over your moods and energy.
If you fail to improve with traditional treatments, the experienced team offers alternative therapies, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which is usually recommended for severe cases of bipolar disorder. During ECT, which is conducted under general anesthesia, an electric current is sent through your brain to induce a seizure. This activity alters your brain chemistry to improve brain function and your mood.
The experienced team at Blackhawk TMS also offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which they can perform at the office and is considered an off-label treatment for bipolar disorder. TMS uses magnetic energy to stimulate your brain cells to release your mood-altering neurotransmitters.
For expert care of your bipolar disorder, call Blackhawk TMS today or request an appointment online.