Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Depression

Bipolar Disorder affects nearly 3% of adults in the United States. While often challenging for those suffering with bipolar disorder, successful treatment is possible with the right plan in place. At the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy in the Hollywood neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, our founders Cole Marta, MD and Brooke Balliett, LMFT and our team of compassionate and skilled mental health professionals offer innovative treatments for bipolar disorder.

Schedule an initial evaluation by submitting an online request today. 

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by extreme mood swings. You might feel extremely energized one minute (mania) and significantly depressed the next. These mood swings can cause challenges with making good decisions, getting along with others, or succeeding at work or in school. 

See the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy mental health team for an evaluation at the first sign of extreme mood swings to determine if you have bipolar disorder or another mental health concern. 

What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

The three main types of bipolar disorder are the following:

Bipolar I disorder

Bipolar I disorder includes at least one manic experience paired with hypomanic or major depressive episodes.

Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder includes at least one hypomanic episode and a minimum of one major depressive episode (but no manic experiences). 

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder is a form of bipolar disorder characterized by at least two years of depressive and hypomanic symptoms.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

  • Excitability cycled with depression
  • Thoughts of suicide 
  • Sleeping less or more than usual
  • Racing thoughts
  • Being wired, energized, or jumpy cycled with fatigue
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability 
  • Loss of interest in once-favorite activities
  • Agitation or irritability
  • Impulsive decisions 

You might struggle to maintain strong interpersonal relationships or thrive in your career because of bipolar disorder.

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

Diagnosing bipolar disorder includes a review of your medical history, emotions, moods, behaviors, and thought patterns. Your provider will inquire about any medications you take, your lifestyle, and your treatment preferences. 

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Treating bipolar depression at the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy may include one or more of the following:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication management
  • Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy

Even if other treatments haven’t helped, Ketamine-Assisted Psychoherapy may provide long-lasting symptom relief for bipolar depression.

Your treatment team will customize an evidence- informed treatment plan to lessen mood swings and support long-lasting outcomes to maximize your quality of life. 

Schedule a bipolar disorder evaluation at the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy by submitting an online request today.