Causes of Bipolar Disorder
As with many mental health disorders, bipolar disorder is believed to be the result of a combination of psychological, environmental and genetic factors.
Commonality of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder afflicts more than 1% of adults in the United States or up to 4 million people and is the fifth leading cause of disability worldwide.
Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
Mental health professionals diagnose bipolar disorder by gathering a comprehensive medical, family, and mental health history. Frequently, comprehensive psychological evaluations are conducted to investigate current functioning and to rule out other disorders.
Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
Studies have shown that the most effective treatment for bipolar disorder is a combination of medication management and psychotherapy. While medication can help to stabilize the symptoms of bipolar disorder, talk therapy can help clients learn effective coping mechanisms to deal with the disorder and help people develop effective ways to improve work, school and relational functioning.
Bipolar disorder in children and teens may look different than it does in adults. If you have concerns that your child may be struggling with a mental health disorder, please visit our children’s website for more information.