Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatry located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY and Danbury, CT

Bipolar Disorder

About Bipolar Disorder

Millions of people in the United States have bipolar disorder, a chronic mental health condition that affects mood, energy, and behavior. At Elevate Medical, the team of Yung Park, MD, Kevin Lemaire, DO, Sima Paul, MD, and Lesley Cano, PMHNP-BC, diagnose and treat bipolar disorder through their online psychiatry practice based in New York City. They treat all ages, including teens and adults, customizing plans that focus on your whole health, not just your symptoms. Call the Midtown Manhattan office today, or use the online booking button to learn more about virtual psychiatry for bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is a person with bipolar disorder like?

A person with bipolar disorder experiences extreme and unexpected changes in mood and energy that affects behavior. One minute they feel like they’re on top of the world; the next minute they feel extremely sad and unmotivated. 

The mood changes are called manic and depressive episodes.

Manic episodes

During a manic episode, you’re very happy and euphoric. Energy is high and mood is up. However, you may also feel anxious, restless, and irritable, and engage in risky activities.

The severity of manic episodes varies. Most people with bipolar disorder have hypomanic episodes, causing an elevated mood that may not affect their normal routine. 

However, some people experience extreme symptoms that last several days and may require hospitalization. The more extreme symptoms are called manic episodes.

Depressive episodes

During depressive episodes, you feel down and sad. Your energy is low, you have no interest in doing anything, and you can’t concentrate or make decisions. 

Symptoms during depressive episodes also vary in severity, but they can mimic the severe symptoms seen in people with major depressive disorder (MDD). 

What causes bipolar disorder?

Genetic and environmental factors may play a role in the development of bipolar disorder. You’re at greater risk of having the mood disorder if it runs in your family.

Trauma and misuse of drugs or alcohol may also cause bipolar disorder.

What happens during an initial evaluation for bipolar disorder?

The psychiatry team at Elevate Medical conducts a comprehensive evaluation during your initial online visit. 

They ask detailed questions about your symptoms and concerns, and they may request a medical evaluation and lab work to rule out other conditions that might explain your symptoms.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, schedule a consultation at Elevate Medical. They can help you understand your condition and create a plan that improves your mental well-being and quality of life.

How can I live a normal life with bipolar disorder?

You can live a normal life with bipolar disorder when you have a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan from the team at Elevate Medical.

Treatment for bipolar disorder includes psychotherapy to help you recognize your mood changes and medication management to stabilize your mood. 

Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and practicing good sleep habits also help you control symptoms. 

If you have concerns about bipolar disorder symptoms, call Elevate Medical today or schedule an appointment online.