Extreme emotional highs and lows may be a sign of bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings. Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP, provides a holistic approach to treating individuals struggling with bipolar disorder at Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services in Uniondale, New York. While the condition is often lifelong, she helps you manage the extremes and follow a treatment plan that supports depressive and manic episodes so you can take charge of your life. Call or book online today if you suspect you or someone you love can use Dr. Vansiea’s help.
Bipolar disorder was once known as manic depression. It’s a condition characterized by extreme depressive episodes followed by manic periods during which you feel full of energy, euphoric, or unusually aggravated.
Bipolar disorder can affect your quality of life. Depressive periods may make you feel full of sadness and emptiness. Or you may sleep too much or too little and feel unmotivated. Severe depression associated with bipolar disorder can cause you to contemplate suicide.
Manic or hypomanic (less intense mania) episodes can prevent you from sleeping and cause you to make rash judgments. You’re easily distracted, have an exaggerated sense of wellbeing, and exude jumpy, wired energy.
The mood swings that occur with bipolar disorder can affect your energy, judgment, behavior, and clarity of thought.
Oftentimes, you won’t recognize how intensely your emotional extremes have disrupted your life. The manic episodes may even seem enjoyable because you feel especially productive and euphoric.
But the manic periods are often followed by a crash of emotions during which you lose motivation. Rash actions that you took while manic may lead to legal, financial, or relationship trouble.
If you suffer extreme mood swings that are affecting your life, seek help from Dr. Vansiea. The problem won’t go away on its own.
Bipolar disorder has a genetic connection. If you have a parent or sibling with the condition, you’re far more likely to develop it, too. People with bipolar disorder have physical changes in their brains that need professional intervention for management.
Dr. Vansiea does a comprehensive review of your mental and physical health, including your family history. She’ll also talk to you about your thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns to determine if they’re consistent with bipolar disorder or another mental health concern.
Dr. Vansiea provides a complete treatment plan for those with bipolar disorder. She’ll offer medication management, as well as the support and counseling you need to deal with troubling thoughts. Bipolar disorder can coexist with substance abuse as well. Dr. Vansiea is experienced in treating addiction and dependence.
If you or a loved one exhibits symptoms of bipolar disorder, call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services or book online for immediate intervention.