Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

Bipolar disorder is a common but widely misunderstood mental health condition characterized by intense mood swings. The team at Mindful Urgent Care in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York diagnoses and treats bipolar disorder. If you live with mood swings between deep depression and euphoria, call Mindful Urgent Care or make an appointment online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a common, yet widely misunderstood, mental health condition. Every year, almost 6 million Americans experience the extreme mood swings between depression and euphoria that characterize bipolar disorder symptoms.

There are three types of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I

Bipolar I causes severe mood swings between depression and mania. An intense manic episode is usually the reason a patient seeks treatment for Bipolar I. With Bipolar I, manic episodes tend to last for a week or more, and depressed episodes often continue for at least two weeks. You may also have periods of normal moods between your bouts of depression and mania.

Bipolar II

Bipolar II also causes mood swings, although they’re less intense in their extremes than Bipolar I moods. Specifically, your manic episodes aren’t as intense and are referred to as hypomanic episodes. In addition to being less severe, hypomanic episodes usually last for between four and seven days.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder is the mildest form of bipolar disorder. Cyclothymic disorder causes frequent, but less extreme, mood swings than Bipolar I or II. Cyclothymic disorder is most often diagnosed after two years of mood irregularities.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder causes depressive, manic, or hypomanic symptoms.

Depressive symptoms include:

  • Feelings of depression, sadness, hopelessness, and guilt
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration and indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Manic symptoms include:

  • Feelings of euphoria, grandiosity, and invincibility
  • Less need for sleep or insomnia
  • Eating less and weight loss
  • Distractibility
  • Overscheduling or trying to do too many things at once
  • Impulsive or reckless behaviors
  • Talking more than usual
  • Racing thoughts

Hypomanic symptoms are similar to manic symptoms but less severe, and they don’t last as long. If you are considering suicide or self-harm, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate help.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

At Mindful Urgent Care, the team begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your mental and physical health. After your initial assessment, your provider creates a personalized treatment plan to address your mental health needs. They often combine medicine, therapy, and lifestyle modifications to reduce your bipolar symptoms to provide the mental clarity needed for effective counseling and behavior modification.  

To get your bipolar disorder symptoms under control, call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule a consultation online today.

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