Bipolar Disorder Treatment in Fairfax, VA
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disease that causes rapidly changing levels in your mood, energy, and activity as well as your ability to focus and carry out typical daily activities.
If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the Fairfax area, contact Atara Health Solutions today to schedule an appointment with a psychiatric medication specialist. Psychiatric medications can make a dramatic improvement in bipolar disorder treatment, but you need a specialist with experience in correctly diagnosing your condition and finding the best medications to help you in your healing process. Call (571) 535-2480 today to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment through our secure online form.
Types of Bipolar Disorders
- Bipolar I Disorder – This disorder can last at least a week long. People may experience depressive episodes that last at least 2 weeks, or it may include manic episodes that can require hospitalization. Some people experience a mix of both symptoms simultaneously.
- Bipolar II Disorder – This disorder is characterized by a sequence of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. This does not include, however, the full-blown manic episodes that are typically seen in Bipolar I.
- Cyclothymic Disorder – This disorder is characterized by episodes of hypomanic symptoms as well as multiple episodes of depression that lasts at least two years.
Signs of Bipolar Disorder
People with bipolar disorder often experience episodes of very intense emotions, disturbances in sleep patterns, and engage in uncharacteristic behavior without realizing the harmful effect it has on their body.
You may also have bipolar disorder even if your symptoms are less extreme. For example, during a hypomanic episode, a person may feel fine and keep up with daily life. Without proper treatment, however, people with hypomania can develop severe mania or depression.
Are There Treatments for Bipolar Disorder?
Once your doctor has diagnosed you with Bipolar Disorder (I or II), you will discuss the best treatment plan. Treatments range from medication to various types of therapy that have been shown to help other people with this disorder.
Common Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
Common treatments include, but are not limited to:
- Behavioral Therapy
- Electroconvulsive Therapy
You will need to discuss these treatment plans with your doctor as they will be the ones managing your treatment progress. In addition, there may also be a psychologist and psychiatric nurse practitioner to administer the treatment.
Schedule Your Appointment for Bipolar Disorder Treatment Today
If you are looking for psychiatric treatment for Bipolar Disorder in Northern Virginia, please contact Atara Health Solutions today at (571) 535-2480, or request an appointment online. We proudly serve patients from Fairfax, Arlington, Falls Church, Centreville, and neighboring areas. Additionally, we offer telepsychiatry services accessible from anywhere in Virginia, following the initial in-person visit.