Most of us frequently experience mood swings. If we lose a job or fight with a significant other, we feel upset and sad. If we receive a promotion or have a great lunch with a friend, we feel happy and excited.
There are many bipolar disorder signs. Psychiatrists recognize three types of bipolar disorder: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorder.
The type of bipolar disorder we hear about most often is bipolar I, in which patients experience full manic episodes and major depressive episodes. A manic episode lasts for at least a week.
If you’ve experienced major depressive episodes but less severe manic episodes, you may have bipolar II disorder. Bipolar II consists of major depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, which are similar to full manic episodes but with less intensity and severity, and they tend to last for around 4 days.
The least severe bipolar disorder is known as cyclothymic disorder, in which a patient experiences more rapid cycling between mild manic and mild depressive symptoms.
TMS and Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder has many treatment options, including various types of psychotherapy, antipsychotic medication, and mood stabilizers, including lithium and anticonvulsants.
Have you tried therapy and multiple medications, but nothing seems to help? Are you hesitant to stay on medication because of its negative side effects? Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may be the perfect option for you.
TMS is an effective bipolar disorder treatment for treating depressive symptoms. TMS is a safe, non-invasive, effective treatment with little to no side effects, and it is FDA approved to treat the depressive episodes that come with bipolar disorder.
If you are interested in seeing if you have symptoms of bipolar disorder, please take the PHQ-9 or our MDQ questionnaire. While these bipolar disorder tests are not comprehensive, they can give you a general picture of your likelihood of having this mental disorder.
If you think you may have any one of these bipolar disorders, schedule a consult today!