Mile High Behavioral Health
To contact us:
8801 E Hampden Ave
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness which is associated with mood swings and common emotions that become intensely magnified. These mood swings can range anywhere from the highs of mania to the lows of depression. Individuals with bipolar disorder can quickly change from extreme happiness (mania) to extreme sadness (depression).† These cycles of mood swings can last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, bipolar disorder causes mood changes that are so intense that they interfere with a personís ability to function.
What are the common signs or symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?
Manic symptoms include:
∑ Severe changes in mood; either unusually happy or silly, or very irritable, angry, agitated or aggressive
∑ Great increase in energy and the ability to go with little or no sleep for days without feeling tired
∑ Increase in talking
∑ Increased distractibility
∑ Repeated high risk-taking behavior
Depressive symptoms include:
∑ Irritability, depressed mood, persistent sadness, frequent crying
∑ Thoughts of death or suicide
∑ Loss of enjoyment in favorite activities
∑ Physical illnesses such as headaches or stomach aches
∑ Low energy level, fatigue, poor concentration, boredom
∑ Major change in eating or sleeping patterns
What are possible effective treatments for Bipolar Disorder?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
∑ Depakote (Divalproex)
∑ Lamictal (Lamotrigine)
∑ Abilify (Aripiprazole)
∑ Zyprexa (Olanzapine)
∑ Risperdal (Risperidone)
∑ Seroquel (Quetiapine)
How can I learn more about Bipolar Disorder?
Phone: (303) 960-6249
Fax: (303) 537-6923