Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a common but widely misunderstood mental health condition characterized by intense mood swings. We provide immediate treatment through our bipolar urgent care as well as telepsychiatry for bipolar treatment. If you live with mood swings between deep depression and euphoria, call Mindful Care or make an appointment online today to receive expert bipolar help.

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Licensed New York, New Jersey, and Chicago Psychiatrists for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder may be confusing and frightening, but the good news is that there are excellent treatments available. These treatments can give you the ability to regulate your emotions, so that you can feel the normal highs and lows of life without the distressing extremes that make it difficult to function.

We now offer telehealth virtual consultation, group therapy, and in person consultation in our offices throughout New York, New Jersey, and Chicago.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

You first visit

During a bipolar screening, you will see a psychiatric medical provider on your first visit, who will assess and work with you to diagnose the problem. They will help you understand what depression is and why you are feeling this way. They will prescribe medication which reduces your symptoms, and will recommend a treatment plan personalized to suit your needs, including lifestyle modifications to increase your overall sense of wellbeing. We recommend weekly therapy as a supplement to our care, and will provide referrals to the best providers available. There you will explore your own psychology and build skilled coping mechanisms.

What is bipolar disorder?

“I never thought I had bipolar disorders, because I didn’t experience the mood swings I’d always heard about. I knew I suffered from depression, but when I was going through a manic episode, everything just felt right. I felt high all the time and, even if I got irritated quickly, I didn’t mind. I thought that nothing would ever go wrong again, even as my work and home life suffered.”

Formerly known as manic-depression, people suffering from bipolar disorder experience alternating periods of severe depression and so-called mania. These periods each last a matter of weeks or months, and are different to mood swings. During a period of depression, you will likely only feel depressed, and during a period of mania, you will feel manic throughout.

A manic episode is a period of days or weeks in which you are always “on,” feel euphoric, have trouble sleeping, make impulsive and reckless decisions, and experience racing thoughts. You may also experience a manic episode during which you feel irritable, aggressive, and agitated.

2.8% of American adults suffer from bipolar disorder every year. Medication and therapy can help you manage the disorder effectively.

Here in New York City, Long Island, Chicago, and New Jersey; there are 3 main types of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar I Disorder

This is the type of bipolar disorder that is characterized by both major depression and severe manic episodes. Periods of depression in bipolar disorder resemble major depressive episodes, with persistent low mood, fatigue, lack of motivation, and difficulty feeling pleasure.

Periods of mania last at least 7 days and are characterized by excessive energy, euphoria, and insomnia. You feel like you are thinking quickly and seeing patterns that no one else sees. You might also feel invincible or as if you can do anything you choose without consequences. This can lead to bad decision making and reckless behavior you would never have otherwise considered. You might also feel very agitated and irritated. Some sufferers of bipolar I disorder also experience delusions and hallucinations.

Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II disorder also includes periods of major depression, often more severe than those experienced by bipolar I sufferers. However, it is characterized by a less severe type of mania known as hypomania. This resembles a feeling of being high, may cause racing thoughts and high energy, and impulsivity. It can feel very good and harmless while you are going through it, but may lead to bad decisions with serious consequences.

Cyclothymic Disorder

People suffering from cyclothymic disorder experience periods of hypomanic symptoms, as well as periods of depressive symptoms, over a timeframe of 2 years. However, they do not experience full-blown depressive or hypomanic episodes.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Bipolar disorder is troubling and distressing, but can be effectively treated with a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle improvements.

Mood stabilizers and antipsychotics are used to treat bipolar I disorder, while antidepressants can be used with caution. Antidepressants are, however, an effective treatment for bipolar II disorder, in conjunction with mood stabilizers.

Therapy from bipolar specialists who understand the condition will help you regulate your emotions before they become overwhelming, as well as give you the chance to deal with issues that have come about because of your illness. It will also help you find meaning and live the life you have always dreamed of.

Bipolar disorder might seem overwhelming, but with the appropriate treatment, you can begin to live your life without fear of depressive or manic episodes. Turn to us for bipolar treatment in the NYC area.

We're with you all the way

After two weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment with your clinician to assess how the treatment plan is progressing, followed by a further assessment a month later. By this point, you will likely have gained increased stability, allowing you to function at a more optimal level without the distress caused by the disorder. You will continue with monthly follow-up visits to evaluate your progress and adjust medication if necessary. Through all of your challenges, setbacks, achievements, and victories, the team at Mindful Care will be by your side.

If you think you might be bipolar, our psychiatrists at Mindful Care can help, so call or schedule a consultation online today.

Our Psychiatry Locations:

New York

Fort Greene
Grand Central
Flatiron District
Long Island City
Hicksville
West Hempstead
White Plains

New Jersey

Hoboken
Jersey City

Illinois

Fulton Market
Near North Side

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Mindful Care offers telepsychiatry appointments for patients in IL, NJ and NY