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Bi Polar

               Background and Symptoms

 

Bipolar disorder is characterised by extreme mood swings. Mood swings range from mania (highs) to depression (lows) and are severe enough to effect day-to-day life. Bipolar is the fourth most-common mental health problem worldwide after depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. 1% to 2% of the population experience a lifetime prevalence of bipolar.

Mania

 

The DSM-5 defines mania as a "distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood." The episode must last at least a week. Common symptoms of mania include;

  • Inflated self-esteem or feelings of grandiosity

  • Decreased need for sleep

  • Increased goal-directed activity (e.g. excessive planning, increased interest in social or sexual activities)

  • Improved performance

  • Acting 'out of character'

  • Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high-risk consequence

 

Hypomania

Hypomania is a milder form of mania that lasts for a few days. Common symptoms include:

  • Decreased need for sleep

  • Increased confidence

  • Rapid speech

  • Increased activity levels (e.g. more social, increased sexual energy)

  • Racing thoughts / difficulty concentrating

 

Other symptoms of Bipolar include depression and mixed episodes (feeling high and low at the same time). Symptoms of bipolar disorder may be triggered by many factors. For example, abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), bereavement, breakdown of a relationship, sleep disturbances, physical illness etc.

 

There are several different types of Bipolar disorder. All types involve some sort of depressive and manic/hypomanic episodes. The diagnosis of bipolar is dependent on the degree and severity to which these symptoms are experienced.

Benefit Of Getting an Assessment

Obtaining an assessment, for any condition, is often the step towards an improved life. An assessment will enable a person to access information relevant to them, to obtain specific and tailored treatments and where relevant – medication.  Obtaining an assessment can be quiet comforting especially so that you do not feel so alone.

 

Privately

Private healthcare refers to health services which you purchase yourself directly or via medical insurance. 

What are the benefits of Private Healthcare?

In many instances choosing to go private means shorter waiting times and therefore quicker diagnosis and treatment.

Assessment 

During the first appointment a consultant psychiatrist will initiate a detailed assessment looking at client history and diagnostic rating scales. Based on an assessment a treatment plan will be devised collaboratively.

 

Treatments

Treatments options may consider the use of medications, which could include mood stabilisers and other licenced medications used for bipolar. Psychological approaches can also be looked at, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Such approaches can be useful in the prevention of relapse, noticing warning signs and reducing precipitating risks for triggering the episodes.

 

Fees and Summary of Payment Terms for a Bipolar Disorder Assessment

We offer Initial Assessments privately at a cost of £350, which includes a 60-75 minute clinical assessment and report.

We require full payment for the service, at least, 5 working days (monday-friday) before the appointment, otherwise the appointment will be cancelled.

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