You may have heard about celebrities who struggle with bipolar disorder. Due to a persistent stigma attached to this serious mental disorder, people may delay seeking help. The good news is that with proper treatment you or someone you know can live a productive life.
A person with bipolar disorder experiences extreme highs and lows for short or sustained periods of time. During manic, or high-energy, periods, impulsiveness can be difficult to control, leading to shopping frenzies, for example. At the other extreme, depressive episodes reflect the same symptoms found in clinical depression, including low moods and energy.
While it is a serious illness, with proper, ongoing treatment, those with bipolar disorder can often regain stability and thrive. “We are fortunate at Yale to have many faculty members with expertise in the research and treatment of mood disorders,” says Hilary Blumberg, MD, a Yale Medicine psychiatrist and director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at Yale School of Medicine.