Biopolar Disorder Specialist

Psychiatry (Telehealth Visits Only) serving patients of Boston, MA, Issaquah, WA and Sugar Land, TX

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Biopolar Disorder services offered in Boston, MA, Issaquah, WA and Sugar Land, TX
If you experience frequent and severe mood swings - such as being depressed one minute and excited the next - you could have bipolar disorder. At PhillWell, a telepsychiatry practice in South Boston, Massachusetts; Issaquah, Washington; and Sugar Land, Texas, board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner Doreen Phillips, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, and her staff offer treatments for bipolar disorder to improve your mood and quality of life. Call the office to schedule a telehealth appointment or book one online today.

Biopolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a type of mental health condition that causes fluctuations in your mood. You might experience depression cycled with emotional highs, which can negatively impact your life in numerous ways. Fortunately, treatment with Dr. Phillips allows you to cope with bipolar disorder and effectively manage undesirable mood swings.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

If you have bipolar disorder, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Depression cycled with feeling upbeat
  • Fatigue or high energy levels
  • Talkativeness 
  • Racing thoughts
  • Increased or decreased need for sleep
  • Feeling distracted
  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or worthless
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Weight loss or weight gain 
  • Mood swings
  • Appetite changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of suicide

If left untreated, bipolar disorder can increase your risk of drug and alcohol misuse, work and financial struggles, and relationship problems.

You may have bipolar disorder simultaneously with anxiety disorders, eating disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or other mental health challenges.

Schedule a visit with PhillWell at the first sign of a problem to reduce symptoms of bipolar disorder and your risk of complications. 

What are the risk factors for bipolar disorder?

The cause of bipolar disorder isn't clear, but some factors increase your risk of having the condition. Examples include a family history of bipolar disorder, ongoing stress, and alcohol or drug misuse. To reduce the risk of serious problems, take all medications directed by Dr. Phillips and avoid drugs and alcohol. 

How does my provider diagnose bipolar disorder?

To diagnose bipolar disorder and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Phillips reviews your symptoms and medical history. She also completes a psychiatric assessment by asking you a series of questions and always gives you a voice in your care.

What are the treatments for bipolar disorder?

The most common treatments for bipolar disorder include medications, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes. Dr. Phillips tailors a treatment plan just for you and often combines medicines with therapy to help you keep unpleasant symptoms at bay. 

Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, eat nutritious foods, and take medications as directed by Dr. Phillips. Avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol and complete substance abuse treatment if necessary. PhillWell offers cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatments that help you change behaviors, thoughts, or lifestyle habits and stabilize your mood.

To find out if you have bipolar disorder or get treated for it, call the PhillWell office, or book a telehealth appointment online today.