Myths and Facts about Bipolar Disorder

Do you frequently experience dramatic changes in mood, from highs that are almost euphoric to dark, depressive episodes? Do these dramatic emotional swings make you feel “crazy,” or feel like something is “wrong” with you? It’s possible that you could have bipolar disorder (previously called manic depression), which is a legitimate mental health condition. You are not crazy — you have a medical problem just like any other.

Psychiatrist Latif Ziyar, MD, located in Fresno, California, has lots of experience treating mental disorders like these. At his compassionate facility, you will receive the exact kind of care you need so you can start feeling like yourself again.

Common symptoms of bipolar disorder

Extreme mood shifts are one symptom of bipolar disorder, but it’s not the only one. Other symptoms include high bursts of energy in which you are extremely active, difficulty sleeping, feeling jumpy or “hyper,” being easily irritated, having constant racing thoughts, or talking way too fast. Many people experiencing “high” moments related to bipolar disorder engage in risky behavior, possibly involving drugs or promiscuity. These periods are often followed by extreme depressive episodes, defined by apathy and even suicidal thoughts.

Dr. Ziyar can diagnose you with bipolar disorder after conducting a brief assessment of your symptoms and your medical history. From there, he can work with you to develop a treatment plan, possibly involving therapy and/or medication.

Common myths about bipolar disorder

Despite being a fairly common disorder — about 2.6% of the U.S. population is affected — there are lots of myths out there about what this condition is — and what it isn’t. You need to learn what’s really true so you can get the help you need:

People with bipolar disorder can’t be helped

This myth is demonstrably untrue, as Dr. Ziyar has a long, successful track record of helping patients manage their bipolar symptoms. Some people have even been known to experience a period of remission (a period of limited symptoms, which is different than being “cured”).

Bipolar disorder is something people make up for attention

Quite the contrary. Bipolar disorder is a real disorder that causes a lot of pain in people who have it, particularly when there is such a negative stigma attached. And it’s not a condition that will go away on its own. Recovery takes effort, and it requires medical intervention.

You can stop taking your medication once the condition is under control

The condition is only under control because you are taking your medication. When you stick to your treatment plan, you can keep the condition under control without having your symptoms disrupt your life. Going off your medication can actually be quite dangerous.

Learn more about how bipolar disorder is treated

If you are concerned that you may have bipolar disorder or want to look into different treatment options, you can reach Dr. Ziyar at 559-306-6726. You can also request an appointment online.

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