Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Connect Wellness

Mental Wellness located in Beverly Hills, CA

Bipolar disorder can make you feel like you’re on top of the world and then sink you into a deep pit of despair -- all within a short period of time. Psychiatrist Rod Amiri, MD, and the team at Connect Wellness in Beverly Hills, California, offer an intensive outpatient program to treat patients with bipolar disorder. To learn how you can manage your mood swings and other symptoms of bipolar disorder, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Also called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a common mental health disorder that causes extreme and intense mood swings. These mood swings, or episodes, affect your energy levels and ability to function in daily life. People with bipolar disorder usually have periods of normal mood and functioning, too.

How do I know if I have bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder experience dramatic mood swings that fall into three main categories:


A manic episode involves a very high mood or extreme irritability that lasts for at least one week. Mania also causes you to have more energy than usual and experience at least three of the following:

  • Reduced need for sleep
  • Increased energy and activity
  • Exaggerated sense of self-esteem
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Talking more than usual
  • Uncontrollable racing thoughts
  • Being easily distracted
  • Increased risky or reckless behavior

You may not consider these changes abnormal, but friends and family notice a clear and significant difference in your behavior.


Hypomanic literally means “less than mania.” Symptoms of hypomania are similar to those of mania, but less severe. Additionally, a hypomanic episode may only last four days. Many people are still able to function normally in a hypomanic state.


Symptoms of depression are at the opposite end of the spectrum as mania. Depressive episode symptoms include:

  • Intense sadness, hopelessness, or despair
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Decreased energy
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide

Bipolar disorder seriously disrupts your life and personal relationships. If you think you may have bipolar disorder, the team at Connect Wellness can help.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Dr. Amiri and the team at Connect Wellness take an evidence-based approach to treating bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. They offer a unique intensive outpatient program that combines group therapy and individual therapy sessions to guide you toward mental wellness. 

Depending on your needs, your individualized treatment program may include:

  • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Most patients achieve their mental health goals through a combination of all three approaches. 

If you have bipolar disorder call Connect Wellness or book an appointment online to receive heart-centered support and guidance on your journey toward mental health.