Caring, Compassionate Treatment for Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

The symptoms of bipolar disorder can shape your life experiences and your identity in negative ways. The highs of manic episodes and the lows of depressive episodes create intense emotional states that last for days or weeks, often punctuated with neutral moods.

No two people experience bipolar disorder in exactly the same way. Although the rollercoaster of emotions can have a destructive effect on your life and relationships, you can choose to get off the tumultuous ride and take control of your life.

Seeking treatment for bipolar disorder from Manual Astruc, M.D. and Associates can help you regain control of your emotions.

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Bipolar disorder often creates intense emotional shifts, changes in activity levels, and altered sleep patterns. Many people engage in unusual behaviors during “mood episodes,” which can be manic or depressive, without realizing the potential risks.

Symptoms of Mania

Manic episodes and less intense hypomanic episodes include three or more of the following:

Racing thoughts and increased speed while speaking


Feeling elated, abnormally upbeat, or irritable


Not needing your normal amount of sleep


Difficulty concentrating and being easily distracted


Engaging in high-risk behaviors and making poor decisions


Experiencing an excessive appetite for pleasure, including food, substances, and sex

Symptoms of Depression

Depressive episodes last two weeks or longer and include five or more of the following symptoms:

Feelings of intense despair, sadness, or hopelessness


Losing interest in hobbies and activities you typically enjoy


Difficultly falling or staying asleep and/or sleeping too much


Restlessness and slowed speech and movement


Trouble concentrating


Unintentional weight loss and changes in appetite


Thoughts of death, dying, or suicide

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The Importance of Bipolar Treatment

Many people don’t recognize they need help, or they resist getting treatment after a bipolar diagnosis. Some feel like they can control their symptoms, while others feel too overwhelmed to start treatment. Without care, your quality of life can suffer due to bipolar disorder. However, with professional bipolar treatment, you can flourish.

Left untreated, bipolar disorder can impact sleep quality, increase the odds of engaging in self-destructive behaviors, and disrupt relationships. In severe cases, bipolar disorder may lead to hallucinations, delusions, and increased thoughts of death or suicide.

Dr. Astruc provides compassionate care and will walk alongside you to find the treatment that works best for you. With medication, therapy, and other treatment options, you can regain control of your life.

You are not your illness. With bipolar treatment, you can be a warrior who emerges victorious from the battle.

Discover Hope with Professional Bipolar Treatment

Don’t suffer with extreme mood swings and debilitating symptoms. The right mix of bipolar treatment and education can make all the difference in helping you find a positive path forward. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (518) 241-5864.