BIPOLAR DISORDER

WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?

Characterized by extreme mood changes, thoughts, activity, energy levels, and behavior, bipolar disorder is known for causing an individual to experience severe “highs” and “lows.” Because these changes in mood are complicated to predict, bipolar disorder can have a significant effect on a person’s quality of life.

Although dealing with “up and down” moods can be a normal part of life, bipolar mood swings are much different and more extreme. From maintaining personal relationships to succeeding professionally or academically, many aspects of everyday life are challenging for an individual with bipolar disorder.

If you are dealing with possible bipolar disorder, it’s essential to know that you aren’t alone – and there are options for effective treatment. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 5 million Americans have been diagnosed as bipolar.

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COMMON SYMPTOMS OF BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder symptoms can vary depending on the individual. You may have depressive episodes, manic episodes, or “mixed” episodes with both manic and depressive elements:

  • Symptoms of a manic episode may include: Feeling very “up,” elated, or irritable; feeling more active or “jumpy” than usual; racing thoughts; decreased sleep; rapid talking with a fast flow of ideas; engaging in risky behaviors, feelings of being powerful and unusually important, excessive appetites for food, drinking, or in sex drive.
  • Symptoms of a depressive episode may include: Feeling very “down, depressed, anxious, slow, or restless; difficulty making decisions or concentrating, problems falling asleep or sleeping too much; forgetfulness; talking very slowly; loss of interest in usual activities; unable to complete simple tasks, such as self-hygiene; feeling hopeless or worthless; suicidal thoughts or thoughts about death.

There are several types of bipolar disorder, including:

  • Bipolar I
  • Bipolar II
  • Cyclothymia

Generally, each type is characterized based on the intensity of the manic phase, while all feature depressive phases. In some cases, individuals experience “mixed” episodes that combine both manic and depressive symptoms. For many sufferers of bipolar disorder, the condition can occur alongside others, such as psychosis, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, or addiction.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER

Elevate Psychiatry provides diagnosis, treatment, and long-term support for individuals with bipolar disorder, making it possible to effectively manage your symptoms and live a full, productive life. Depending upon your needs and goals, bipolar treatment options may include:

Medication

Psychotherapy (“talk therapy”)

Lifestyle changes and positive routines

Whether you are already diagnosed or are seeking more information about possible symptoms, our experienced and compassionate team is here to help.

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-Brian P

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“Going to Elevate has been life-changing. I have been seeing Ryan for a couple of months now and it has been the best decision. Never have gone to a psychiatrist before, I was a bit nervous but my sessions with Ryan eased any fear. Ryan is welcoming, understanding, kind, and knowledgeable. He listens to you, asks you questions about how YOU want to proceed, and cares about you. They genuinely want to help you and that makes all the difference.

I have recommended Elevate and Ryan to all my friends and family and cannot recommend it enough.”

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“At Elevate, it’s never been about just sending you home with a prescription. I always notice that Polina pauses to thoroughly think through her recommendations for next steps and then provides me with several options. Having a say in your treatment plan is so empowering and I always leave appointments feeling refreshed.”

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-Shannon K

“I have been a patient for over a year now and I am beyond grateful to have found them. The staff is always very helpful and is great with communication. I have been treated by Polina since coming to elevate psychiatry and she has truly helped change my life around. She is extremely detail-oriented, listens to you, and truly cares about seeing patients get the proper care they need. She has so much compassion and is so supportive. Finding a mental health professional that you feel comfortable with is difficult but Elevate Psychiatry led me to her and the wonderful staff. Thank you guys for all the amazing work that you guys do. You are truly appreciated!”

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“I find Dr. Bhatia to be an extremely competent and professional doctor; one who is compassionate, caring, accommodating, and most importantly a good listener. He has tailored his office to create a space that allows his patients to feel comfortable and secure. His “bedside” manner is unpretentious and respectful, which allows for ease in conversation, and fosters a sense of security in knowing that his patients’ feelings are heard and validated. Dr. Bhatia makes himself available and accessible to his patients, and is extremely conscientious in responding to his patient’s needs in a timely manner, even doing so after regular office hours. I am personally grateful to him for his continued patience and support. Dr. Bhatia’s staff is courteous, takes their responsibilities seriously, ensures that communications reach the doctor, personally respond to emails, and consistently send appointment reminders and confirmations. Always a pleasant experience. I have never left his office with any doubts, or concerns.

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-M

“I am so happy that I found Dr. Bhatia. Good doctors in Miami are hard to find and he is definitely a gem. He is a genuine real person who listens to you and makes you feel comfortable discussing mental health concerns. He is a knowledgeable and innovative psychiatrist. He always responds in a prompt manner when I need something outside of my appointment date. He has definitely made a difference in life and I highly recommend him.”

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