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Depression or Bipolar Disorder: Which is it?

December 17, 2019

We all know people whose moods occasionally get low but bounce back a bit later. Or, your or a loved one’s mood may sometimes plunge so low that he or she finds it hard to function. At the office of Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled care in all aspects of mental health. We consider each patient unique, and we realize that his or her treatment needs and preferences vary.

When someone is depressed, it may be temporary because it’s due a particular life stressor, such as a personal drawback or a challenging problem. On the other hand, a person’s depression could stem from a condition called bipolar disorder. Understanding the signs and symptoms of clinical bipolar disorder and then getting psychiatric help are the first steps to wellness. People with this disorder have extreme and intense emotional states that occur at distinct times. They also generally have periods of normal moods. Bipolar disorders can be treated, and individuals diagnosed with it are capable of living full and productive lives.

During your initial consultation at our offices, we’ll discuss with you your symptoms and concerns. We will evaluate your case, take steps to make a diagnosis and discuss all of your options. Seeking treatment for psychiatric conditions can make some people feel uncomfortable, self-conscious or embarrassed. In the past 20 or so years, however, mental-health issues have garnered a huge amount of understanding, sympathy and acceptance.

At the office of Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center, you’ll be treated with kindness, respect and patience, all of which will help you regain your confidence, happiness and enthusiasm. For more information on our practice and how we can assist you with our variety of services, call us today!