Bipolar disorder (once known as manic depression) is a mood disorder characterised by mood swings from extreme highs (manic phase) to extreme lows (depressive phase). It’s a frightening condition for both the sufferer and family and friends, but it is possible to effectively treat and manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
If you feel that you may be suffering from bipolar disorder, our experienced bipolar specialist at our Canary Wharf clinic can help get your life back on track. Consultant psychiatrist, Dr Irina Panihhidina is highly trained and experienced in bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and complex depression.
The symptoms of bipolar disorder vary between the two different phases. Symptoms of the manic phase include exaggerated euphoria, insomnia, racing ideas and reckless behaviour. Symptoms of the depressed phase include frequent crying and low mood, lethargy, and obsessive thought patterns. If you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, it’s important to get help immediately.
It’s important that bipolar disorder is diagnosed correctly, as the wrong treatment could make symptoms worse.
Dr Panihhidina will thoroughly investigate your family medical history, mood swings, thyroid issue and drug use to diagnose and treat bipolar disorder.
A key part of the treatment process is establishing what may have triggered a bipolar episode and working to reduce its impact. The goals of bipolar treatment are to reduce the severity of episodes, reduce the frequency of episodes, avoid the cycling from one phase to another, and to improve quality of life.