Bipolar Disorder Treatment
What is a Bipolar Disorder?
“Today I’m proud to say I am living proof that someone can live, love, and be well with bipolar disorder when they get the education, support, and treatment they need.” ~ Demi Lovato
Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition that causes unusual and extreme shifts in mood, energy levels, and ability to function. It is marked by periods of very high (mania or hypomania) and very low (depressed) moods.
What is the difference between Bipolar I & II?
Bipolar Disorder is broken into two parts, with the main difference being the level of severity. Bipolar 1 is diagnosed when a person has a manic episode; they will have had depressive episodes in the past, and possibly have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Bipolar 2 is diagnosed when a person has had at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode. With both types of Bipolar Disorder, people return to normal function between episodes.
What is a manic episode?
And, how is it different from a hypomanic episode?
Mania (or a manic episode) refers to an extremely high mood that lasts for at least a week. The person will have increased energy levels with a need for less sleep than normal; they may have an exaggerated sense of their abilities and partake in risky behavior, such as extreme spending, reckless driving, and unsafe sex. During a manic episode, people tend to have racing thoughts and bizarre ideas. Typically the changes in a person’s mood are severe enough to cause disruption and are evident to family and friends.
Hypomania (or a hypomanic episode) is a less severe form of mania. It’s an elevated mood accompanied by behavior that is different from the person’s baseline. During a hypomanic episode the individual is normally able to function in their everyday life; the symptoms do not typically cause the problems that a manic episode can often lead to.
Treatment for Bipolar Disorder & Depression in New York City
Depression is a low mood state marked by feelings of sadness and hopelessness, with a loss of interest in activities once found enjoyable. In Bipolar Disorder, a depressive episode lasts for at least two weeks and can have varying symptoms. At Dr. Ditzell Psychiatry we treat our bipolar patients with the utmost respect and care.
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Our Bipolar Disorder Treatment Process
Your first step is to call us to schedule your initial appointment.
Your initial evaluation session provides an opportunity for you to build rapport with the psychiatrist/therapist and provide them with some background about yourself and the reasons you are seeking Bipolar Disorder Treatment. In addition to seeing if you will be a good candidate for Bipolar Disorder Treatment, they will be able to answer your questions regarding services, confidentiality, and what to expect in treatment. With your best interests in mind, you will decide together what kind of treatment will benefit you the most.
At the end of your first session, if you decide to move forward and work with that psychiatrist, you will be asked to schedule further appointments. At your second appointment, you will work with your therapist to set goals for your overall mental health experience and then begin working together towards achieving them.
At Dr. Ditzell Psychiatry our patients have and always will be our number one priority; we take their health and well being very seriously and are pleased to be able to offer Bipolar Disorder treatment in a manner like no other practice we’ve come across.
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