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Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatry

Atara Health Solutions

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatry located in Gainesville, VA

If you’re among the 3% of people in the United States who suffer from bipolar disorder, you may have had trouble finding effective relief from your symptoms. At Atara Health Solutions, an LGBTQ-friendly psychiatric practice in Gainesville, Virginia, Norman Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC, prescribes evidence-based medication that modulates the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. If you’re an individual aged 16 or older who needs effective levels of support and symptom relief from bipolar disorder, contact Atara Health Solutions by phoning the office or using the online form.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

If you have bipolar disorder, your symptoms vary depending on which phase of the disease you’re in. 

If you’re in a manic or hypomanic (slightly less manic) phase, you may feel:

  • Euphoric
  • Full of energy
  • Full of big plans
  • Grandiose
  • As if your thoughts are racing

Your behavior might manifest as:

  • Overspending
  • Talking very rapidly
  • Changing the subject frequently
  • Overindulging in sex, food, or drugs
  • Overspending money
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Acting recklessly and impulsively
  • Not feeling the need to sleep or eat

When you’re in a depressed phase, you may feel:

  • Lethargic
  • Fatigued
  • Uninterested in sex
  • Generally disinterested
  • Hopeless
  • Suicidal

Your behavior might manifest as:

  • Indecisiveness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Talking very slowly
  • Forgetting things
  • Overeating

Sometimes, if you have bipolar disorder you can feel both depressed and overly energized simultaneously. Call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) if you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself. 

What are effective treatments for bipolar disorder?

Because your moods can swing from high to low without warning, you may have trouble finding effective relief for your bipolar disorder. Norman has more than 10 years of expertise treating people of all genders, ethnicities, and ages (16 years old and up) for this challenging mental health condition. Some of the medications he may recommend to help you manage day-to-day activities, control your moods, and help you sleep include:

  • Anticonvulsants — carbamazepine, lamotrigine, valproic acid
  • Antidepressants — lithium, fluoxetine with olanzapine, lurasidone
  • Antipsychotics — haloperidol, olanzapine, ziprasidone
  • Anti-anxiety medications — lorazepam, diazepam, alprazolam 

At Atara Health Solutions, your psychiatric nurse practitioner stays on top of the newest pharmacologic developments to offer you effective and safe symptom control. He monitors you closely and works with your therapist or primary care provider to ensure that antidepressants don’t trigger a manic episode and that you feel stable and focused. You can use telemedicine for follow-up appointments after your initial consultation.

To finally get relief from both the highs and lows of bipolar disorder, contact Atara Health Solutions by phone or through the online form.