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Bipolar Affective Disorder is a chronic mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to think clearly. People with bipolar disorder have high and low moods, known as mania and depression, which differ from the typical ups and downs that most people experience. If left untreated, the symptoms usually get worse. However, with a strong lifestyle that includes self-management and a good treatment plan, many people live well with the condition.
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness
People with bipolar disorder may also experience other conditions, such as anxiety disorders (including PTSD), ADHD, and substance abuse. Treatment for bipolar disorder at the Center of Excellence in Co-Occurring Medicine includes a thorough evaluation and routine follow-up care to ensure that bipolar disorder and any co-occurring conditions are properly diagnosed and treated.
The treatment team at the Center of Excellence encourages patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder to engage in therapy consistently. Therapy can help reduce symptoms and build important coping skills for navigating life’s challenges.