Symptoms of bipolar depression

Symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder can include:

  • Low mood or sadness
  • Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
  • Having no motivation or interest in things
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Problems concentrating
  • Poor performance and frequent absences from work
Who is at risk?

There's no single reason why people suffer with clinical depression and it can affect anyone at any time. However, research has identified several factors associated with an increased risk for depression:

  • Family history
  • Early childhood trauma
  • Negative life events
  • Alcoholism
  • Residence
  • Marital status
  • Work status
  • Physical illness
Treatment

Many patients require individual sessions with a mental health specialist. At private consultant psychaitrsit Dr de Silva would conduct a comprehensive assessment and explain her conclusions to you, if appropriate a diagnosis can be given. She would discuss the treatment options taking into consideration your views and what she considers the optimum treatment for you. Treatment would generally include medication, or individual therapy or both. You would be reviewed regularly by Dr de Silva to monitor your progress.

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