Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Gregory Haley, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Alianza: Healthy Thinking

Gregory Haley, MD

Psychiatrist located in Scottdale, GA and Atlanta, GA

Although the first episode of bipolar disorder often occurs around the age of 25, it also occurs in teens. No matter what age your bipolar symptoms develop, it’s a lifelong disorder that needs ongoing management. Dr. Gregory Haley works with many patients who have bipolar disorder, effectively improving their symptoms and their quality of life with medication and psychotherapy at Alianza Healthy Thinking. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the office in Scottdale, GA and Atlanta, GA.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

Are there different types of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder used to be called manic-depressive disorder because mania and depression are the two key symptoms. There are different types of bipolar disorder, however, with varying degrees of mania and depression.

Both types of symptoms cause changes in mood, activity level, and energy. Most patients cycle between the two with periods of normal mood between bipolar episodes.

The three primary types of bipolar disorder are:

Bipolar I disorder

Patients with bipolar I disorder have had at least one major episode of mania that was severe enough to interfere with daily activities. They may also experience major depression or have mixed features, which means having mania and depression at the same time.

Bipolar II disorder

This type of bipolar disorder is defined as having at least one episode of major depression and at least one hypomanic episode. Hypomania causes the same symptoms as full-blown mania, but they’re less severe and usually don’t affect daily life.

Cyclothymic disorder

If you have cyclothymic disorder, you frequently and constantly swing between hypomania and depression. Although you may have more episodes than the other types of bipolar disorder, your symptoms are milder.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

In many cases, patients experience depression before they have their first manic episode. The symptoms of both include:

Depressive episodes

  • Feeling sad, down, or hopeless
  • Having little to no energy
  • Decreasing activity levels
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Increasingly worried or anxious
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Thinking about death or suicide

Manic episodes

  • Feeling up with an exaggerated sense of self-esteem
  • Having excessive energy
  • Increasing activity levels
  • Finding it hard to sleep
  • Talking too fast (pressured speech)
  • Feeling agitated or irritable
  • Experiencing racing thoughts
  • Engaging in risky behaviors (spending too much money, reckless sex)

While mania is noticeable for its extreme energy levels and excessive behaviors, hypomania is hard to recognize. In many cases, the increased energy of hypomania may seem good because it makes you more productive, yet it’s not so extreme that it leads to problems.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

The team at Alianza Healthy Thinking offers optimal treatment for bipolar disorder, which usually includes medications to balance your moods as well as psychotherapy. They work closely with each patient, prescribing the best medications for their symptoms and monitoring their ongoing health.

If you have questions about your behavior and whether it could be bipolar disorder, call Alianza Healthy Thinking or book an appointment online.

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