Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatric Condition

Bipolar Disorder

Discovering that a loved one may have bipolar disorder can be overwhelming. You may notice certain moods and behaviours in them including:

If you notice these signs in a loved one, it’s important to seek professional help. Our clinic offers compassionate support and personalised treatment options to help individuals manage bipolar disorder and improve their quality of life.

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health condition that can deeply affect those who experience it. It’s characterised by intense mood swings that fluctuate between periods of elevated mood, known as mania or hypomania, and periods of depression. These mood shifts can be overwhelming and disruptive, impacting daily life, relationships, and overall well-being. 

It’s important to understand that bipolar disorder is not simply a matter of moodiness or inconsistency; it’s a legitimate medical condition that requires compassion, understanding, and appropriate treatment to manage effectively.

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Types of Bipolar Disorders

Bipolar disorder has its diverse manifestations, each deserving of compassion and support:

Bipolar I

This form involves severe manic episodes lasting at least seven days or requiring hospitalisation, often accompanied by depressive episodes lasting two weeks or more.

Bipolar II

Individuals with Bipolar II experience both depressive and hypomanic episodes, marked by elevated mood and increased energy but without full-blown mania.

Cyclothymic Disorder

A milder form characterised by recurrent episodes of hypomania and mild depression, persisting for at least two years.

Bipolar with mixed features

Some may endure simultaneous or rapid shifts between manic and depressive symptoms, a phenomenon known as a mixed episode, commonly seen in Bipolar I.

Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder

In rapid cycling, individuals undergo four or more mood episodes within a year, regardless of their type of bipolar disorder.

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Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Manic Episode

Emotions soar to extraordinary heights, with individuals feeling euphoric or as if they're "on top of the world."

Energy levels surge, leaving individuals feeling restless and unable to sit still, driven by an inner fire.

Thoughts race at lightning speed, making it challenging to keep up or maintain focus on tasks at hand.

Urges to act impulsively take hold, leading to risky behaviours like overspending or engaging in reckless activities without considering the consequences.

Despite the body's need for rest, individuals may find themselves requiring significantly less sleep than usual, feeling refreshed after only a few hours of rest.

Depressive Episode

Deep feelings of sadness or emptiness can linger, casting a shadow over daily life and dimming the brightness of once enjoyable activities.

Overwhelming fatigue may set in, making even the simplest tasks feel like monumental challenges.

Sleep patterns may become disrupted, leaving individuals grappling with insomnia or struggling to emerge from the depths of excessive sleepiness.

Appetite may fluctuate erratically, leading to significant weight loss or gain as the body's hunger cues become unpredictable.

Intense feelings of guilt or worthlessness may weigh heavily on the mind, accompanied by persistent self-critical thoughts that erode one's sense of self-worth.

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Causes of Bipolar Disorder

Navigating the complex landscape of bipolar disorder, it’s important to understand that its origins are multifaceted and not easily defined.

Genetic factors

Your family history might play a role, but it's just one piece of the puzzle in understanding bipolar disorder.

Biological factors

Changes in brain chemicals or hormones can impact mood regulation, affecting how you experience and manage your emotions.

Environmental factors

Stressful life events, trauma, or substance use can add to your emotional burden, potentially triggering or worsening bipolar symptoms.

Existing medical conditions

Medical conditions can exacerbate bipolar disorder due to physiological changes and stress, making medical evaluations important during diagnosis.

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How to Support A Loved One With Bipolar Disorder

Supporting a loved one with bipolar disorder can be challenging, but your compassion and understanding can make a significant difference in their journey.

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When To Get Help For Bipolar Disorder

Recognising when to seek help for bipolar disorder is crucial for navigating its challenges with care and support. 

Untreated manic episodes can lead to negative consequences, such as engaging in risky behaviour, experiencing relationship difficulties, or facing challenges in one’s occupation. In severe cases, impulsivity and poor judgement may even result in accidents or injuries, necessitating immediate intervention. Some individuals may exhibit disinhibited or aggressive behaviours, which could lead to legal issues. 

However, bipolar disorder is a treatable condition, and seeking help early can offer relief and pave the way for a brighter, more stable future.

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Bipolar Treatment Options with Dr SH Wong

Our aim is to stabilise mood fluctuations, fostering stability and enhancing overall well-being. By providing compassionate care and focusing on maintenance treatment, we strive to help individuals maintain a balanced mood and prevent relapses, supporting their journey towards stability and improved quality of life.

Lifestyle Modifications

We're here to support you in making positive lifestyle changes tailored to your needs, such as establishing a consistent sleep routine, engaging in regular physical activity, and learning effective stress-management techniques.

Lifestyle Modifications

We're here to support you in making positive lifestyle changes tailored to your needs, such as establishing a consistent sleep routine, engaging in regular physical activity, and learning effective stress-management techniques.

Medication

We'll work closely with you to find the right combination of medications to help stabilise your mood, reduce symptoms, and improve your quality of life.

Medication

We'll work closely with you to find the right combination of medications to help stabilise your mood, reduce symptoms, and improve your quality of life.

Therapy

We offer a nurturing environment where you can freely express your thoughts and emotions, equipping you with coping strategies and support to navigate life's challenges.

Therapy

We offer a nurturing environment where you can freely express your thoughts and emotions, equipping you with coping strategies and support to navigate life's challenges.

Electro Convulsive Therapy

In cases where traditional treatments may not be sufficient, ECT, involving controlled electrical stimulation of the brain, provides a safe and effective treatment for symptom management and improved quality of life.

Electro Convulsive Therapy

In cases where traditional treatments may not be sufficient, ECT, involving controlled electrical stimulation of the brain, provides a safe and effective treatment for symptom management and improved quality of life.
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Your Guided Journey with Dr SH Wong

  • Make an Appointment

    Our staff will assist you with making your first appointment with Dr Wong.

  • First Session

    We'll guide you through medical tests and take the time to understand your medical and personal history during a relaxed discussion with Dr Wong.

  • Follow-up Sessions

    We'll focus on understanding your lifestyle factors, engaging in therapeutic conversations, and discussing any necessary medication to support your journey.

Sleep Specialist & Psychiatrist

Dr SH Wong: Psychiatrist for Bipolar Therapy in Singapore

Dr. Wong Sheau Hwa brings over two decades of experience as a compassionate Senior Consultant Psychiatrist. Recognised for his empathetic approach, he has dedicated himself to providing comprehensive psychiatric care to his patients. Dr. Wong’s commitment to patient well-being is evident in his unwavering dedication to understanding and addressing their unique needs, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.

FAQs

Questions You May Have

Manic episodes in bipolar disorder can arise unexpectedly or be influenced by various factors such as irregular daily routines, sleep disturbances, alcohol use, or changes in medication. These episodes can last for at least one week, but the duration varies for each individual.

While bipolar disorder cannot be completely cured, it can be effectively managed with proper treatment and support. Our goal is to help you achieve stability and well-being, guiding you through the journey of managing bipolar disorder with compassion and understanding.

Medications used to treat bipolar disorder can have side effects, but it's important to remember that not everyone experiences them. Our team will work closely with you to monitor any side effects and adjust your treatment plan as needed to ensure your well-being and comfort are prioritised throughout your journey with us.

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