Michael Quach, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Integrative Psychiatry for Men

Bipolar Disorder

The lifetime prevalence of bipolar I disorder is 1%, with the average age of onset around 19 years.  Sadly, up to 50% of patients with bipolar I disorder attempt suicide, and 20% actually complete suicide.  About 50% of bipolar patients experience psychotic symptoms at some point during their illness.

Symptoms of bipolar mania include: abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive or irritable mood, persistently increased goal-directed activity or energy, inflated self-esteem or grandiosity, decreased need for sleep, more talkative or pressure to keep talking, flight of ideas or subjective racing thoughts, distractibility, and increase in activities with high potential for bad consequences. 

There are effective medications called mood stabilizers that are used to treat bipolar disorder such as Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol, Lamictal, and various atypical antipsychotic medications such as Abilify, Zyprexa, Risperdal, Geodon, Seroquel, etc.

Bipolar patients can also benefit from a type of psychotherapy called social rhythm therapy, which incorporates elements of behavioral activation and activity scheduling.  Social rhythm therapy essentially encourages engagement in a moderate amount of activities at a habitual time each day in order to promote stability. 

Compassionate ~ Private ~ Confidential


200 Jose Figueres Avenue, Suite 210
San Jose, CA 95116