Bipolar 1

Get information on Bipolar 1 including effects, signs and symptoms, and treatment.


Living with Bipolar 1

Bipolar 1 Disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (Mania) and lows (Depression), affecting many people worldwide and significantly impacting their daily lives and relationships.

These mood episodes can affect sleep, energy levels, behavior, judgment, and the ability to think clearly. Episodes of Mania in Bipolar 1 are severe and can significantly impact daily life, potentially requiring hospitalization. Unlike other mood disorders, the highs of Bipolar 1 can lead to risky behavior, making it distinct and sometimes more challenging to manage.

Understanding Bipolar 1 is crucial for effective treatment and support, as it offers a pathway to stability and improved quality of life for those affected.

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Understanding Bipolar 1

Diagnosing Bipolar 1 Disorder involves a comprehensive assessment of symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history, focusing on the presence of at least one Manic episode, which Depressive episodes may follow. Evaluators must consider the duration, intensity, and impact of mood swings and changes in behavior, thought processes, and overall functioning.3

It’s important to differentiate Bipolar 1 from other mental health conditions such as Schizophrenia, PTSD, or Borderline Personality Disorder. Gathering detailed information from the individual and their family members is important for a complete understanding of the condition.

The assessment also includes evaluating the risks of suicide, self-harm, and the consequences of impulsive behaviors. Proper diagnosis demands extensive observation over time to capture the cyclical nature of mood variations inherent in Bipolar 1, underscoring the complexity of identifying this disorder accurately.

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Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar 1 Disorder

Manic Episodes

Manic episodes in Bipolar 1 Disorder involve periods of extremely high energy and activity levels, often with euphoria or irritability. These episodes can include impulsive behaviors, grandiose ideas, reduced need for sleep, and rapid speech.

Depressive Episodes

Depressive episodes in Bipolar 1 Disorder consist of periods of low mood, loss of interest in activities, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, changes in sleep and appetite, fatigue, and thoughts of death or suicide. These episodes can be debilitating and significantly impact daily functioning.

Mood Swings

The hallmark of Bipolar 1 Disorder is the dramatic shift between Manic and Depressive episodes. These mood swings can be unpredictable and affect behavior, judgment, and ability to function in daily life.

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Get Compassionate Holistic Care for Bipolar 1

At Cornerstone, our Behavioral Health Center recognizes the profound challenges posed by living with Bipolar 1 Disorder, characterized by extreme mood swings, changes in behavior, and shifts in thinking. Our team, comprising psychiatrists, therapists, peers, and care managers, operates in a judgment-free environment, ensuring you receive the understanding and support you need.

Our goal is to provide a complete support system that caters to the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of individuals with this condition. We prioritize personalized treatment plans to effectively manage symptoms, enhance self-awareness, develop coping strategies, stabilize mood swings, and encourage meaningful relationships and engagements. We are committed to supporting you through the highs and lows of your journey, providing guidance and assistance at every step.

Treatment Options for Bipolar 1

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Medications such as mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics are central to managing Bipolar 1 Disorder. These medications help to control the extreme mood swings associated with the condition. Continuous medication management by healthcare professionals is crucial for effective treatment.
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Psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychoeducation, can be an essential part of treatment for Bipolar 1. It helps individuals understand their condition, manage symptoms, and develop coping strategies for maintaining stability.
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Holistic therapies such as mindfulness, yoga, and art therapy are integrated into treatment plans and support the overall well-being of individuals, addressing the mind, body, and spirit to complement traditional treatments.


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Lionel Estrada, LISAC


Lionel, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) with over 4 years at Cornerstone, specializes in addiction and mental health. Trained in EMDR therapy, he employs a trauma-informed, empathetic approach to address underlying causes of these issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Inpatient or residential treatment may be necessary when Bipolar 1 Disorder symptoms are severe, particularly during manic episodes that might pose a risk to oneself or others. This level of care provides a structured environment, intensive therapy, and continuous support, crucial for managing severe episodes.

The level of care required for Bipolar 1 Disorder depends on the severity and frequency of the manic and depressive episodes. Outpatient treatment, including medication management and psychotherapy, is often effective. However, more severe or uncontrolled episodes may require intensive outpatient programs or inpatient care. Consulting with a mental health professional is essential to determine the best course of treatment.

Supporting someone with Bipolar 1 Disorder involves empathy, understanding, and patience. Encourage them to adhere to their treatment plan and medication regimen. Be supportive during both manic and depressive episodes, and help them recognize early signs of mood changes. Educating yourself about the disorder can also be beneficial in providing effective support.

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