Bipolar Disorder

Brain Health Center


Bipolar depression can have a devastating effect on your life, bad enough to make normal functioning almost impossible much of the time. Integrative psychiatrist Jacob Bishop, MD, of Brain Health Center PSC in Lexington, Kentucky, has an in-depth understanding of bipolar disorder and the most effective ways of treating this potentially disabling condition. Dr. Bishop specializes in using a noninvasive, painless therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which he has discovered often successfully treats patients who have bipolar disorder, even where other approaches have failed. Call Brain Health Center today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar depression?

bipolar depression is a serious mental health condition that causes extreme changes in mood. These mood changes can last for prolonged periods, and the switch between moods can happen very quickly.

People who have untreated bipolar depression rarely enjoy much, if any, time when their mood settles to a normal level, so life can be a constant and exhausting struggle.

The cause of bipolar depression isn’t certain, but research indicates that brain function is different in people who have bipolar depression. It’s likely that genetics plays a part, but there could well be environmental factors at work as well.

What are the symptoms of bipolar depression?

There are two sides to having bipolar depression: the manic phase when you feel full of energy, and the depressive phase when you struggle to find the energy to get out of bed.

Manic symptoms include:

  • Boundless energy
  • Feeling high
  • Hyperactivity
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling invulnerable
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Overspending

Symptoms of the depressive phase include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Lethargy
  • Sleeping too long
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Worthlessness
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor diet
  • Feeling suicidal

Manic phases can last for several weeks in severe cases, and depression for many months. The continual struggle to manage these opposing states of mind means people who have bipolar depression often find studying or work impossible.

Having bipolar depression also has a significant impact on personal relationships and your ability to manage your finances or keep yourself safe.

How is bipolar depression treated?

There’s no cure for bipolar depression, so treatment focuses on reducing symptoms. The usual approach to treating bipolar depression involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy. It can take some time to find the right medication and dosage, but many patients find that this treatment helps reduce the severity of their symptoms.

If you have bipolar depression and conventional treatments aren’t working, or you find that your medication has unwanted side effects, the expert team at Brain Health Center provides an alternative approach in the form of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

TMS uses safe, noninvasive magnetic energy waves to stimulate the areas in the brain that don't fire normally in people with depression, anxiety, and other conditions.

If you’d like to find out more about TMS for bipolar depression, call Brain Health Center today or book an appointment online.