Five Things You Should Know About Bipolar Depression

Bipolar Depression (BPD) can be difficult to diagnose, which is why mental disorders can be a challenging aspect of working with mental health patients. Also, it can be especially tough and stressful for not only for you personally if you have BPD, but for everyone else involved as well including family, friends, coworkers. Therefore, we always like to recommend and focus on the importance of reaching out to a professional who can help you better understand the signs and symptoms of what you or your loved one is experiencing and offer support in a safe environment. We also encourage people to seek help from a licensed, experienced healthcare professional with a proven track record of excellence. 

What is Bipolar Depression Exactly?

BPD may involve a variety of symptoms, including impulsive behavior, intense emotions, suicidal ideation, emotion dysregulation, and more. These symptoms can easily be mistaken for other disorders, which make it more difficult for a person who truly has BPD to seek the kind of specialized help they need. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 4.4 percent of adults in the United States experience a bipolar disorder at some point in their lifetime. The condition occurs with equal frequency among males and females. The median age of onset is 25 years. Nevertheless, a bipolar disorder may begin in childhood or may have its onset late in life. 

Bipolar disorders are typically chronic conditions and require lifelong management. More than 90 percent of people who have a single manic episode go on to have recurrent episodes of mania or depression. Because of this we always like to make sure that if you or someone you know is experiencing signs of mania or depression, seek help immediately.  Let’s look at five things you should know about Bipolar Depression.

  • BPD is an illness, with risk determined by genes and environmentlike other medical illnesses. All medical illnesses affect mood, thinking, and behavior, but there is always much more to the person than the illness.

  • BPD usually responds well to a combination of appropriate medication and targeted psychosocial therapies. Untreated or inadequately treated bipolar disorder can lead to many personal, career and life difficulties or even death.


  • There is great strength and insight available in relationships, and problems that arise due to bipolar disorder, as well as evaluation of symptoms and treatments, are best handled together with your loved one. Talk with one another about bipolar disorder, privately, and go together to some doctor’s appointments.


  • An increased risk for BPD is lifelong, so it is wise to evaluate whether new concerns or difficulties experienced by someone who has had an episode of bipolar disorder are due to a recurrence of illness.


  • In addition to professional treatment, many other lifestyle factors help, including support from family, friends, and community; regular exercise, a good diet, and healthy sleep; and planning ahead to reduce stress.

How North End Psychiatry Can Help

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from bipolar depression, or you’d like to meet with one our providers who can help you, vive us a call at 208-345-2212. Our office is conveniently located just outside of downtown Boise near 15th and State Street.

We’d love to talk with you.

Colin Eggleston