Psychiatry & Mental Health located in Tulsa, OK


Bipolar disorder, characterized by intense mood swings from euphoria to deep despair, is a common mental health condition. Experienced psychiatrist Bradley McClure, MD, and his dedicated team at McClure & Associates Psychiatry offer an intensive outpatient program designed to effectively address bipolar disorder. To discover strategies for managing mood swings and related symptoms, call the office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or schedule an appointment online.

Bipolar Q & A

What is bipolar disorder? 

Also known as manic depression, bipolar disorder manifests as extreme mood swings that significantly impact energy levels and daily functioning. Individuals experience episodes of heightened mood, balanced by periods of normal mood and functioning.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder? 

Recognizing bipolar disorder involves understanding three main categories of mood swings:


Mania is characterized by an elevated mood, increased energy, and exaggerated self-esteem, lasting at least one week. Additional symptoms may include reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and risky behavior.


Less severe than mania, hypomanic symptoms are similar but may only last four days. Many individuals can maintain normal functionality during a hypomanic state.


Depression includes intense sadness, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, decreased energy, and other depressive symptoms. 

Any stage of bipolar disorder can significantly impact personal relationships and daily life.

What causes bipolar disorder? 

The origins of bipolar disorder often involve physical changes or distinctions in the brain, contributing to the manifestation of symptoms. 

Additionally, genetic factors play a significant role. You have a higher likelihood of developing bipolar disorder if a family member has been diagnosed with the condition.

Substance abuse, particularly involving drugs or alcohol, can also contribute to the onset or exacerbation of symptoms. 

Periods of elevated stress also pose a risk, potentially influencing the development or intensification of bipolar disorder symptoms. 

Understanding these factors is crucial for individuals seeking insights into the potential causes and contributors to bipolar disorder.

What is the treatment for bipolar disorder? 

To address bipolar disorder, the McClure & Associates Psychiatry team employs evidence-based treatment methods, offering a unique intensive outpatient program. 

This program includes therapy approaches like mindfulness-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

Patients receive personalized treatment plans tailored to their needs, often incorporating a combination of these therapeutic approaches and medications like mood stabilizers. The team at McClure & Associates Psychiatry also offers medication management for organized prescriptions and minimal side effects. 

For those grappling with bipolar disorder, reaching out to McClure & Associates Psychiatry is a step toward receiving patient-centered support and guidance. Call the office or book an appointment online to start improving your emotional well-being.