What is Bipolar Disorder?
"Bipolar Disorder, previously known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day to day tasks. Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to tie. "
Can Bipolar Disorder be Treated?
YES! Most people diagnosed with a Bipolar Disorder can benefit from individual therapy, peer support groups, medication, and/or other community services.
Counseling services can be free of cost or paid for by private insurance or company insurance policies known as EAP’s (Employee Assistance Program). Other options include counseling services that offer a sliding-scale fee which is based on your monthly income.
Hotlines/Mental Health Crisis
For life-threatening emergencies please call
Crisis Intervention of Houston Hotline:
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine:
NAMI National Crisis Line:
What are the Risks if left Untreated?
Depending on the severity of an individual’s symptoms, leaving a mental health condition untreated can impact an individual’s ability to perform in school or at work. Bipolar Disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.
Who Can Help Me?
Individuals that possess a certification in mental health or a license to provide mental health services through an agency or an individual practice can offer treatment.
If your individual treatment plan requires a medication regimen, it is important to be under the care of a Psychiatrist that is familiar with the symptoms and causes of your mental health condition.
There is no "cure" for Bipolar Disorder. Like any other health condition, Bipolar Disorder must be properly maintained and followed up by a licensed mental health professional.
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The information we provide is as an information resource only, and it is not to be used or relied for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please consult your health care provider for an appointment, before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about specific medical conditions.