I have severe mood swings and often feel depressed, do I have Bipolar Disorder?

You Are Not Alone

Bipolar disorder, often shrouded in stigma, affects a significant portion of the population. Over 5 million people are currently suffering from bipolar disorder today. By fostering understanding, providing support, and challenging stereotypes, we can empower individuals with bipolar disorder to embrace their strengths, seek assistance without shame, and unlock their full potential.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

If you’re questioning whether you might have bipolar disorder, it’s important to understand the symptoms and seek professional evaluation. Bipolar disorder is characterized by significant mood changes, including manic or hypomanic episodes (highs) and depressive episodes (lows). Despite the prevalence, societal misconceptions often lead individuals to feel ashamed or believe they can’t seek help. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that many people with bipolar disorder do find effective treatment and support, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives. Being bipolar doesn’t inherently negate one’s ability to achieve greatness. In fact, the unique characteristics associated with bipolar disorder, such as bursts of creativity and intense focus during manic episodes, can be harnessed positively in various endeavors, leading to remarkable achievements

Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder symptoms can sometimes overlap with normal variations in mood and behavior experienced by individuals without the condition. It’s natural for people to have occasional ups and downs, but persistent and extreme fluctuations in mood, energy levels, and activity can indicate a need for further evaluation. If symptoms persist for an extended period, occur frequently, or impair functioning in relationships, work, or other areas of life, it’s essential to seek professional help.

Depressive Episodes

Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood

Feelings or hopelessness or pessimism

Decreased energy, fatigue

Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions

Insomnia, waking up early, or oversleeping

Appetite and /or weight changes

Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts

Manic/Hypomanic Episodes:

Increased energy, activity, and restlessness

Excessively high or euphoric mood


Reduced need for sleep

Racing thoughts, fast speech, jumping from one idea to another


Unrealistic beliefs in one's abilities and powers

Risky behavior, such as spending sprees, impulsive decisions, or reckless driving

How Do You Treat Bipolar Disorder?

Medication Management

Effective treatment often starts with medication, which may include mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications, and in some cases, antidepressants. Our psychiatrists carefully select and manage these medications to balance mood swings and reduce the severity of manic and depressive episodes.

Supportive Services

We guide our patients towards supportive services that can complement their medication treatment. This might include psychoeducation to understand and manage bipolar disorder, or therapy sessions focusing on coping strategies, lifestyle management, and stress reduction. While direct therapy services might not be our primary focus, we recognize their value and can recommend qualified professionals.

Lifestyle Guidance

Lifestyle modifications are an integral part of managing bipolar disorder. We provide advice on establishing a routine, prioritizing sleep hygiene, engaging in regular physical activity, and adopting stress-reduction techniques. These practices can help reduce the frequency and severity of mood swings.

Educational Resources

Education about bipolar disorder is key to empowerment. We offer resources to help patients and their families understand the disorder, recognize early signs of mood shifts, and maintain effective communication. This knowledge is vital for managing bipolar disorder and supporting loved ones.

Platinum Psychiatry

If you suspect you might have bipolar disorder, reaching out for a professional evaluation is an important first step.

At Platinum Psychiatry, we’re committed to offering compassionate care and a comprehensive treatment approach to support you in navigating bipolar disorder. We can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options tailored to individual needs.

We empower individuals with bipolar disorder to embrace their strengths, seek assistance without shame, and unlock their full potential.