Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Dura Medical

Behavioral Health & TMS and Ketamine Specialists located in Naples, FL

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental health condition that causes rapid shifts in mood. Psychotherapy, psychiatric medication, and other treatments can help many people with bipolar disorder live a healthy and productive life. At Dura Medical in Naples, Florida, Stephen Durand, CRNA, APRN, Kathryn Hart APRN, PMHNP-BC, CPNP-PC, and the team provide exceptional care for patients with bipolar disorder. To schedule your appointment, contact the practice by phone or request one online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition that causes abnormal shifts in mood, energy, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

People with bipolar disorder cycle between periods of feeling up, elated, and full of energy (manic) to periods of sadness, hopelessness, and indifference (depressive). 

What are the types of bipolar disorder?

The severity of the shifts in mood vary and play a role in determining bipolar disorder type. 

The types of bipolar disorder include:

Bipolar I disorder

With bipolar I disorder, manic episodes last more than seven days or are so severe you require immediate hospitalization. The manic episodes are then followed by depressive episodes that last at least two weeks. 

Bipolar II disorder

People with bipolar II disorder cycle between hypomanic and depressive episodes. Hypomanic symptoms are less severe than the manic symptoms that occur in bipolar I disorder. 

Cyclothymia

Cyclothymia is a mood disorder that causes ongoing hypomanic and depressive episodes that last two or more years, or more than one year in adolescents. However, the hypomanic and depressive symptoms don’t meet the diagnostic criteria for a bipolar disorder diagnosis. 

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental health condition that requires ongoing psychiatric care. Treatment for bipolar disorder includes:

Medications

Psychiatric medications help manage bipolar disorder symptoms. The types of medications used include mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, ketamine infusions, and Spravato. 

To prevent rebound effects, you must take your medication as prescribed and avoid sudden stops or changes. 

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is also an effective treatment for bipolar disorder. It helps you identify and change unhealthy emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. 

Other treatments

If your bipolar disorder is considered treatment-resistant, your provider may suggest transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), ketamine infusion therapy, nasal sprays, or other treatments to provide effective relief.

To get the treatment you need without delay, call Dura Medical or request an appointment online today.

Conditions We Treat

Depression
A mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

ADHD
A persistent condition usually indicated by patterns of inattention or uncontrollable hyperactivity.

Eating Disorders
Symptoms vary and can have serious overall impact on the body if left untreated.

PTSD
A psychological reaction occurring after experiencing a highly stressful event.

OCD
An anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent obsessions or compulsions.

Bipolar
A disorder characterized by cycles of depression and elation.

Anxiety
A persistent feeling of apprehension and fear, accompanied by physical symptoms.

Postpartum
Moderate to severe depression in a woman after giving birth.

Dual Diagnosis
A diagnosis identifying a mental disorder compounded by substance abuse.