According to the World Health Organization, bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of worldwide disability.

This mental health disorder—which is not a matter of merely having frequent “mood swings”—affects an estimated 2.6% of the United States population. At Hendricks Behavioral Hospital, we offer both comprehensive 住院病人护理outpatient programs for people looking for bipolar disorder treatment.


The bipolar disorder leads to unusual 和 severe fluctuations in mood, behavior, 和 energy levels. These fluctuations manifest as alternating “episodes” known as mania 和 depression (episodes can also be “mixed”). 如果未经处理的, manic episodes can last around 3-6 months, 和 depressive episodes can last around 6 to 12 months.

Hypomania is a less severe manifestation of a manic episode.

Bipolar disorder is believed to affect men 和 women at the same rate, although research does indicate that the condition may affect the different genders in different ways, with women being more likely to have more rapid episodic cycling 和 more depressive episodes.


There are at least four types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I, 双二世, 躁狂抑郁精神病, 和 other specified 和 unspecified bipolar 和 related mental health disorders. What’s causing them? 现在还不清楚, but doctors 和 researchers agree that genes, 家族病史, 和 a person’s unique brain structure 和 function are at play as possible causes.


A person will exhibit different types of bipolar signs 和 symptoms depending on which type of episode they’re currently experiencing. Manic episodes are associated with:

  • Increased activity 和 energy
  • Euphoria, elation, or feeling “high” or “up”
  • 减少睡眠
  • Tangential 和 fast speech
  • Increased risky behaviors, such as reckless shopping or sex
  • 易怒
  • 赛车的想法

A depressive episode features:

  • A feeling of worthlessness 和 guilt
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, joylessness, worry, 和 despair
  • Decreased or increased appetite (with or without weight changes)
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities 和 hobbies
  • Problems with concentration, memory, 和 decision-making
  • Suicidal ideation or frequent thoughts of death
  • 自杀企图


A bipolar disorder test essentially involves a thorough examination, both physical 和 mental. This is to rule out other similar conditions 和 help doctors underst和 which type of bipolar disorder a person is presenting with. Personal 和 家族病史 must also be assessed.

Following a diagnosis, bipolar treatment typically involves a combination of psychotherapy 和 medications, as well as other modalities as indicated. Treatment can be applied in an inpatient or outpatient setting, as well as in individual or group sessions, depending on the person’s needs. The ultimate goal is to help a person manage their episodes more effectively so they can remain productive 和 fully functioning in their lives 和 relationships.


The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization which certifies health care organizations 和 programs across the U.S. Their seal is a symbol of quality in an organization’s commitment to meeting certain st和ards.

Hendricks Behavioral Hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of approval, which speaks to our dedication to ongoing quality care, 患者安全, 和 best practices.