Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice

Psychiatry & TMS located in New Windsor, NY & Albany, NY

If you live with extreme mood swings between euphoria and depression that interfere with your life, you may have a bipolar disorder. Fortunately, Mitchell Cabisudo, MD, and the team at Vitality Psychiatric Group Practice, in New Windsor and Albany, New York, offer expert diagnosis and treatments for bipolar disorder. Call or schedule an appointment online today for assessment and therapy.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which irregularities in your brain chemistry and function cause severe mood swings between depressive and manic episodes. The condition used to be called manic depression because of the two extreme ranges of symptoms.

There are three classifications of bipolar disorder: bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorder.

Bipolar I

Bipolar I causes dramatic mood swings. The condition is usually diagnosed during a manic episode, which could last for longer than a week. A manic episode in bipolar I may also trigger a psychotic break from reality.

Bipolar II

Bipolar II also causes mood swings, but your manic episodes aren’t as intense as those caused by bipolar I. In most cases, bipolar II is diagnosed during a depressive episode. Your depressive episodes could last for two weeks or more.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder is the mildest form of bipolar disorder. Your depressive and manic episodes aren’t as extreme as those caused by bipolar I or II. However, your mood is changeable, and in most cases, you will have experienced several cycles of depression and hypomania for at least two years.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

You experience manic, hypomanic, and depressive symptoms with bipolar disorder.

Depressive symptoms

  • Feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, despair, and worthlessness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep habits — either sleeping too much or too little
  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Lost interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Poor concentration and indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Manic symptoms

  • An exaggerated sense of self or grandiosity
  • Sleeping less
  • Becoming talkative
  • Try to do too many things at once
  • Being easily distracted
  • Increased impulsivity or risky behavior
  • Racing, uncontrollable thoughts

Hypomanic symptoms are similar to manic symptoms, but they’re not as extreme. Hypomanic episodes usually only around four days.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

After your diagnosis, your team of mental health providers works with you to implement a customized treatment plan. While each patient receives a personalized plan, in many cases, they include a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modifications.

For example, medication can regulate your brain chemistry to relieve your symptoms and provide clarity of mind so that you can concentrate during your therapy sessions. During therapy, you can explore any unresolved issues that contribute to your condition and learn strategies to cope with your thoughts and feelings so you can make healthier and safer behavioral choices.

If you’re concerned about bipolar disorder, call Vitality Psychiatric Group Practice or schedule a consultation online today.