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“Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”

— Carrie Fisher —

Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition where the individual suffers from extreme mood swings, ranging from high mood swings known as manic episodes to low mood swings known as depressive episodes.

These states of emotions are usually prolonged and last from a few hours to a few days. Episodes can occur a few times in a year or every few days if the condition is severe. Timely treatment can reduce the negative impacts of bipolar affective disorder and help the patient cope with the symptoms more effectively.

Types of Bipolar Disorder 

Depending on the severity of the condition, there are two types of bipolar affective disorder:

Type 1 – This is the most severe form of the condition, and patients suffer repeated and prolonged episodes of depression and mania.

Type 2 – Here, patients have very severe depression, but mild forms of mania.

5 Facts

1.

About 1.3% of Australians currently live with Bipolar Disorder, with approximately 50 people being diagnosed each year

2.

Around 1% of Australians will experience Bipolar Disorder Type 1 at least once in their lifetime

3.

Bipolar Disorder Type 2 affects about 5% of the Australian population

4.

Research shows that it takes about 10-20 years from the time of the first manic episode for doctors to diagnose the condition as Bipolar Disorder

5.

According to a Coryell study, marriages of 45% of the respondents (all of whom had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder) ended in divorce

Watch out for these symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

During manic episodes:

Feeling of euphoria

Very high energy levels

Low attention span and irritability

Talkativeness

Excessive and dangerous self-confidence

Unpredictability in behaviour and poor decision-making

Increased libido

Insomnia

During depressive episodes:

Intense feelings of guilt, hopelessness, loneliness and fear

Withdrawal from people

Extreme loss of interest in life

Suicidal tendencies

Lethargy and fatigue

Indecisiveness

Feelings of worthlessness

Loss of appetite and insomnia

Our holistic approach to treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Our psychiatrists, psychologists and allied health professionals will work with you to help you manage your Bipolar Disorder.

Psychiatric treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Our psychiatrists will carefully assess your mental health history, in particular for any previous episodes of mania or hypomania when working with depressed patients. Some patients with treatment-resistant depression may possibly have undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder.

Once the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder is made, our psychiatrists may prescribe medications to treat your mania and/ or depression symptoms. These medications are important since they treat and prevent the recurrence of symptoms by controlling the biological changes taking place inside your brain, which cause the onset of the symptoms.

While these treatments can’t permanently cure the bipolar affective disorder, you will find that medication and therapy will help you cope with the condition and lead more fulfilling lives.

Psychological treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder can be a relapsing and debilitating condition. Early psychological care and medical treatment are essential to cope with the condition. At Mind Oasis, our trained psychologists can use psychological therapy in conjunction with your prescribed medications to help you better cope with your Bipolar Disorder symptoms and prevent relapse.

Our multidisciplinary team of Psychiatrist, Psychologists and allied health professionals help you every step of the way as you fight and conquer Bipolar Disorder.

Meet our Psychiatrists who can help with Bipolar Disorder

Ian Wahlert

Ian Wahlert

Certified ADHD Coach (ADD Coach Academy)

Dr Suke Rajendran

Dr Suke Rajendran

Consultant Psychiatrist

Meet our Psychologists who can help with Bipolar Disorder

Natalia Yee

Natalia Yee

Registered Psychologist