Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Larkin Psychiatry

Everything You Need To Know About Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

The diagnosis of bipolar disorder involves a comprehensive evaluation by a mental health professional, typically a psychiatrist or psychologist. The diagnosis is based on a combination of the individual's reported symptoms, a review of their medical history and family history, and a psychological evaluation.

To diagnose bipolar disorder, the mental health professional will typically conduct a clinical interview to assess symptoms of depression, mania or hypomania, and any associated symptoms such as changes in sleep patterns, energy levels, and behavior. They may also use standardized screening tools to help make an accurate diagnosis.

In addition to a clinical interview, the mental health professional may also order laboratory tests to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the symptoms. They may also review the individual's medical history and any medications they are currently taking, as some medications can cause symptoms similar to bipolar disorder.

It is important to note that diagnosing bipolar disorder can be complex and requires a thorough evaluation by a qualified mental health professional. Treatment and management of bipolar disorder can be highly effective in helping individuals manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition. The treatment for the same is aimed at managing symptoms. The doctor may suggest one or a combination of the following depending on the patient's individual requirements:


These are prescribed for immediate balancing of moods.

Sustained Treatment

The disorder needs lifelong treatment comprising of medications. Medications should be continued even when the patient feels better. Skipping maintenance treatment can lead to a high risk of a symptoms relapse.

Day Treatment Programs

A doctor may recommend these to provide ample support and counseling required to get symptoms under control.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Patients addicted to alcohol or drugs also need substance abuse treatment such as Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) or DETOX Treatment to manage bipolar disorder effectively.


Doctors usually recommend hospitalization for patients behaving dangerously when they are suicidal or become detached from reality (psychotic). Planned psychiatric treatment at a recognized hospital can help.


While recovery from bipolar disorder is possible, it is important to note that it is a lifelong process that requires ongoing management and support. With proper treatment and ongoing care, individuals with bipolar disorder can lead and live a fulfilling and productive life. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, it is important to seek help from a qualified healthcare provider or mental health professional.

Why Choose Larkin?

Larkin Community Hospital's behavioral health services may include medication management, individual and group therapy, and other support services to help individuals manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. Additionally, Larkin Community Hospital may have a team of qualified psychiatrists and mental health professionals who specialize in the treatment of bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.

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