Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health located in Hainesport, NJ

Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder’s ever-changing mood shifts can make daily life feel unpredictable, leading to challenges at work, school, and home. At Reflections Behavioral Health, LLC, in Hainesport, New Jersey, Henrietta Udeh, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Eronmwon Balogun, MSN, PMHNP-BC, and their experienced behavioral health team work with patients to develop tailored treatment plans that promote stability, resilience, and improved well-being. Call the mental health clinic today or schedule an appointment online to book an office or telehealth visit.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes severe mood swings, resulting in intense highs (manic episodes) and lows (depressive episodes). Managing the disorder can be particularly challenging due to the unpredictable nature of these mood fluctuations. No two cases are the same, highlighting the need for personalized treatment.

At Reflections Behavioral Health, LLC, the team works with you to develop an individualized care plan that helps regulate your mood and navigate the complexities of daily life.

Are there different types of bipolar disorder?

While there are many types of bipolar disorder, the most common are:

Bipolar 1

Individuals with bipolar 1 typically experience at least one manic episode that lasts for longer than a week. They can also have depressive episodes, but these are less common.

Bipolar 2

Bipolar 2 involves less severe manic episodes, known as hypomania, paired with depressive episodes.


Cyclothymia is a milder form of bipolar disorder that causes cyclical mood swings fluctuating between hypomania and mild depression.

Unspecified disorder

Unspecified bipolar disorder includes symptoms that don't fit precisely into the criteria for the other types but still involve significant mood fluctuations.

What are the signs of mania in bipolar disorder?

During a manic episode, you may feel elated, invincible, and overly energetic. Thoughts may race, and you might engage in impulsive behaviors, such as excessive spending or risky activities, without considering the consequences. 

What are the signs of depressive episodes in bipolar disorder?

Signs of a bipolar depression episode can vary depending on the type and severity, but typical symptoms include:

  • Loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities
  • Persistent sadness, hopelessness, or negative thoughts
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or negative self-perception
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Slowed speech or movements

Professional care is essential to lift bipolar depression’s fog and restore your quality of life.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Bipolar disorder usually responds favorably to a combination of medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes. Your personalized bipolar disorder treatment plan may include:

  • Mood stabilizers
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT)
  • Family-focused therapy (FFT)
  • Stress management
  • Peer support groups
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Regular exercise

The Reflections Behavioral Health team works closely with you to develop an individualized and comprehensive treatment strategy. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.