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Bipolar Disorder

Mark DeLuca, MD -  - General Psychiatrist

Mark DeLuca, MD

General Psychiatrist & Forensic Psychiatrists located in Royal Palm Beach, FL & Palm Beach, FL

People can develop bipolar disorder at any age, but for many, the first signs appear around ages 15-24. No matter when you receive a diagnosis for bipolar disorder, the condition requires ongoing management. At their offices in Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach, and Juno Beach, Florida, board-certified psychiatrist Mark DeLuca, MD, and certified physician assistant Dane Santoro, PA-C, can help you manage bipolar disorder so you can live your life to the fullest. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder? 

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, causes mood swings between mania and depression (high and low moods). There are three types of bipolar disorder, and each type has different symptoms: 


Bipolar 1 disorder

Bipolar 1 disorder causes full-blown episodes of mania and major depression. However, in many cases, people have neutral periods between mood swings. 

Manic episodes may be so severe that they require hospitalization. 

Bipolar II disorder

With bipolar II disorder, your moods swing between hypomania (milder mania) and major depression. Hypomania typically doesn’t result in hospitalization.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder causes you to have frequent mood swings. Symptoms are less severe than bipolar I or II, so they don’t qualify as hypomania or major depression.


What symptoms does bipolar disorder cause? 

Even though hypomania may be less severe than mania, you’ll experience similar symptoms. During a manic episode, you may:

  • Need little sleep
  • Have a lot of energy despite lacking sleep
  • Have racing thoughts
  • Participate in more risky behaviors (such as spending too much money or drinking while driving)
  • Talk rapidly and switch topics frequently
  • Have delusions or hallucinations

During a depressive episode, you may:

  • Feel sad and hopeless
  • Lose interest in the activities you enjoy
  • Withdraw from family and friends 
  • Eat too much or too little
  • Feel restless or anxious
  • Find it hard to focus or make decisions

With bipolar disorder, you can also have a mixed episode, where you have both mania and depression symptoms.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

At the offices of Marc DeLuca, MD, the standard treatment for bipolar disorder includes therapy and mood-stabilizing medications. Medication management can help prevent mood swings, while your therapy sessions give you the tools and strategies needed to manage bipolar disorder.

The team also works with you to identify areas of concern that you’d like to improve. You can use therapy to receive help for anger or stress management, find better sleep habits, heal relationships, or improve your communication skills. 

If you need help with stabilizing your moods and managing bipolar disorder, call Mark DeLuca, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.