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Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Salisu Aikoye, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Sal Psychiatry Services

Salisu Aikoye, MD

Psychiatrist & Addiction Psychiatrist located in Norwalk, CA

Almost 5% of adults in the United States develop bipolar disorder at some point during their lives. If you or a loved one experiences feelings of euphoria paired with depression, turn to Salisu Aikoye, MD, and the highly-trained team at Sal Psychiatry Services in Norwalk, California. They can diagnose and treat bipolar disorder to restore your quality of life. Call the office today or book an appointment online today. Telehealth visits are also available.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder associated with mood swings, including emotional highs coupled with extreme lows (periods of depression). Mood swings might occur often or just a few times each year. Treatment at Sal Psychiatry Services can help you better manage bipolar disorder and its symptoms.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

If you or a loved one has bipolar disorder, you might notice the following signs or symptoms associated with the condition:

Mania 

  • Feeling abnormally upbeat 
  • Increases in energy or activity
  • An exaggerated sense of well-being (euphoria)
  • Decreased sleep 
  • Racing thoughts
  • Distractibility
  • Unusual talkativeness
  • Poor decision making

Depression

  • Extreme sadness
  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Restlessness 
  • Slowed behavior
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or hopeless
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
  • Problems concentrating

At the first sign of bipolar disorder, see the Sal Psychiatry Services team for an evaluation. 

What are the risk factors for bipolar disorder?

Anybody can develop bipolar disorder, but certain factors increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include genetics, family history of bipolar disorder, chronic stress, traumatic life events, and misusing drugs or alcohol. 

When left untreated, bipolar disorder can cause problems with work, school, or relationships. It might occur with anxiety, eating disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or substance misuse.

How does my doctor diagnose bipolar disorder?

To diagnose bipolar disorder and develop a treatment plan, your psychiatrist reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and completes a physical examination and psychiatric assessment.

What are my treatment options?

Based on the severity of your case of bipolar disorder and whether or not you have another mental health condition, such as anxiety, your psychiatric specialist might recommend the following:

Medications

Taking medications can reduce symptoms of bipolar disorder and co-existing mental health conditions. Your psychiatrist personalizes each medication regimen to give you the best outcome.

Counseling

Counseling teaches you ways to manage symptoms of bipolar disorder and thrive in your environment. Your psychiatrist might recommend cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, psychoeducation, or interpersonal and social therapy.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a noninvasive treatment in which your provider uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain nerve cells and reduce depression symptoms when other treatments haven’t worked.

Don’t live with bipolar disorder and its often-debilitating symptoms when simple treatments are available at Sal Psychiatry Services. Book your appointment by phone or request one online today.