Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Amir  Ahuja, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Amir Ahuja, MD

Psychiatrist located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you’re one of the 2.3 million people in the United States living with the extreme ups and downs of bipolar disorder, you can find help at the office of Amir Ahuja, MD, in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Ahuja specializes in diagnosing different types of bipolar disorder and can effectively treat your extreme mood swings, irritability, and depression using advanced therapeutic techniques and medications. Learn more about your options for keeping symptoms of bipolar disorder under control by calling the office of Amir Ahuja, MD, or by booking an appointment online today.

Medication Management Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme changes in your mood. You experience periods of extreme energy (manic episodes) followed by periods of depressive episodes where you feel hopeless and persistently sad.

There are three classifications of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I

Bipolar I disorder involves manic episodes that last at least seven days, followed by depressive episodes that last up to two weeks.

People with bipolar I can have episodes that are severe enough to require hospitalization.

Bipolar II

In bipolar II, you experience a pattern of depressive episodes and manic episodes that aren’t as severe as they are in bipolar I.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder describes hypomanic symptoms that last for at least two years but aren’t within the diagnostic requirements for bipolar I or II.

When should I schedule a diagnostic evaluation for bipolar disorder?

In general, bipolar disorder symptoms begin in late adolescence or early adulthood. You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Ahuja if you experience unexplained changes in your mood that last for several days or weeks.

Symptoms of bipolar disorder might include persistent feelings of:

  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Emptiness
  • Hopelessness

You should also schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahuja if you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, have racing thoughts, or struggle to meet your responsibilities.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Treatment for bipolar disorder is typically necessary for the rest of your life. Dr. Ahuja works closely with you to create a treatment plan that best suits your individual needs. He might prescribe medications like antipsychotics and antidepressants to help stabilize your moods and improve the quality of your life.

Psychotherapy (talk therapy) is also a beneficial treatment for bipolar disorder. Dr. Ahuja can help you recognize your behaviors and thought patterns, so you can learn how to respond differently. He can meet with you in-office, or you can connect with him through the convenient telemedicine platform.

You might also benefit from making lifestyle and dietary changes to improve your overall health and stay in better control of your bipolar disorder.

Call the office of Amir Ahuja, MD, to learn more about options for treating bipolar disorder or book a consultation online today.