Bipolar Disorder Treatments Juneau AK
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1983
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1981
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1986
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist
Anchorage Psychiatric Consulting
Psychiatry & Psychology
Insurance Plans Accepted: Most insurance plans in Alaska provide coverage for psychiatric services. Please check with your carrier for information specific to your policy.
Residency Training: University of Washington Hospitals Program, Seattle WA
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX, 1985
Member Organizations: American Psychiatric Association American Medical Association American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Awards: Guide to America's Top Psychiatrists, Consumers Research Council -- 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- 1993
Languages Spoken: English
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 2001
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1967
Auke Bay, AK
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1987
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1979
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. People who have it experience dramatic mood swings. They may go from overly energetic, "high" and/or irritable, to sad and hopeless, and then back again. They often have normal moods in between. The up feeling is called mania. The down feeling is depression.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness , is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But there is good news: bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.
About 5.7 million American adults or about 2.6 percent of the population age 18 and older in any given year, have bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. However, some people have their first symptoms during childhood, and some develop them late in life. It is often not recognized as an illness, and people may suffer for years before it is properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person's life.
Signs and symptoms of mania (or a manic episode ):
Increased energy, activity, and restlessness
Excessively "high," overly good, euphoric mood
Racing thoughts and talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another
Distractibility, can't concentrate well
Little sleep needed
Unrealistic beliefs in one's abilities and powers
A lasting period of behavior that is different from usual
Increased sexual drive
Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior
Denial that anything is wrong
A manic episode is diagnosed if elevated mood occurs with three or more of the other symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for 1 week or longer. If the mood is irritable, four additional symptoms must be present.Signs and symptoms of depression (or a depressive episode ):
Lasting sad, anxious, or empty mood
Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed, including sex
Decreased energy, a feeling of ...