Bipolar spectrum disorders are mental health conditions marked by extreme vacillations in mood. “Highs” in mood may manifest as mania or hypomania, while “lows” are experienced as depression. When an individual with a bipolar spectrum disorder becomes manic or hypomanic (a less severe version of mania), they may feel energized or euphoric. When their mood shifts to depression, they may lose interest in their daily activities or feel hopeless. An individual experiencing these shifts in mood may meet criteria for one of the following subtypes of bipolar spectrum disorder:
Bipolar spectrum disorders can be diagnosed in childhood, though is most commonly diagnosed in adolescence and young adulthood. While there is no cure for bipolar disorder, the symptoms can be effectively managed with therapy and medication management.
Bipolar disorder-oriented services at BCSC: