Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterized by unusual shifts in mood ranging from elation to hopelessness, from abundant energy to the depths of lethargy. The frequent, drastic swings between contrasting mood, energy, and activity levels can be debilitating.

Individuals with bipolar disorder experience periods of depression, which can last anywhere from four days to four months, as well as episodes of mania or hypomania, which also vary in length. These periods of mood disruption pose a serious risk to relationships, employment, and wellbeing.

Bipolar disorder often occurs alongside other mental health conditions and can further complicates medical conditions. Individuals suffering from bipolar disorder are at increased risk of developing thyroid disease, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other physical illnesses. Without proper treatment, these individuals are also at great risk for suicide.

Signs & Symptoms

Individuals having a manic episode may:

  • Feel very “up” or elated
  • Have a lot of energy
  • Feel jumpy or wired
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Be agitated, irritable, or touchy
  • Experience racing thoughts
  • Do risky things, like spend a lot of money or have reckless sex

Individuals having a depressive episode may:

  • Feel very sad, down, empty, or hopeless
  • Have very little energy
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Experience appetite changes
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Feel tired or “slowed down”
  • Think about death or suicide


With comprehensive treatment, those with bipolar disorder can have “a life”, regain motivation and functionality, and reduce the severity or likelihood of future episodes. At True Life, bipolar disorder is treated with evidence-based medication and close monitoring. We also offer life skills and ‘failure to launch’ therapeutic interventions, in addition to a variety of effective psychotherapeutic modalities. Because we utilize a unique neurobiological approach – which combines acupuncture, fitness, mindfulness, yoga and nutrition with psychotherapy and psychiatric interventions – patients with bipolar disorder not only learn to mitigate the impact of stress on the mind and body, but also develop lifelong strategies for sustainable health practices.