Bipolar Disorder

At Your Service Psychiatry

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners & TeleMedicine Providers located in Bloomingdale, IL

Bipolar disorder can cause both severe depression and hyperactivity, which can be hard to live with. Allison Sikorsky, PMHNP, of At Your Service Psychiatry, specializes in treating patients who have bipolar II disorder, which causes mild mood swings, depression, and anxiety at the same time. Allison uses telepsychiatry to provide therapy so you can talk to her online using a video link. At Your Service Psychiatry has its base in Bloomingdale, Illinois, but Allison has licenses to provide telepsychiatry services in 20 states nationwide. Find out more by calling the office or booking online today.

 

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Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects your mood, energy levels, and everyday cognitive functioning. There are three types of bipolar disorder:

  • Bipolar I disorder
  • Bipolar II disorder
  • Cyclothymic disorder

All bipolar disorders cause mood swings. These can be extreme, so some days you can barely rise from your bed, whereas on others, you have limitless energy and enthusiasm. 

Most people who have bipolar disorder also have at least some days when they experience less extreme moods and can function normally.

At her practice, Allison specializes in treating bipolar II disorder.

What is bipolar II disorder?

If you have bipolar II disorder, you’ll experience one or more one major depressive episodes, and one or more hypomanic episodes:

Major depressive episode

A major depressive episode is where you experience severe depression for at least two weeks. The event causes either a loss of interest in your usual pleasures in life, or feelings of deep despair, sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. You might well experience both symptoms.

A major depressive episode might also cause:

  • Sleep problems
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Changes in appetite
  • Loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor memory
  • Thoughts of suicide

Hypomanic episode

A hypomanic episode is a less severe version of the manic episodes people have with bipolar I disorder. A hypomanic episode doesn’t last as long and doesn’t lead to the extremes of behavior seen in manic episodes.

You might feel high-spirited and overconfident, and have less need for sleep. You might talk more than you normally do and speak loudly and quickly. You may be easily distracted and try to do too much at once. Your thoughts are likely to race, and your mind feels like it’s in overdrive.

Most people who have bipolar II disorder seek help for the symptoms of depression, which can be overwhelming.

How is bipolar II disorder treated?

Treating bipolar II disorder requires both medication and psychotherapy. At Your Service Psychiatry’s Allison provides a telepsychiatry service –– a convenient and effective alternative to traditional psychiatric services for people who have bipolar II disorder.

Using telepsychiatry is just like chatting over Skype. You and Allison carry out your consultation via a video link so you get all the benefits of professional therapy without the inconvenience of having to attend your psychiatrist’s office.

Allison can prescribe your medication electronically, as well. If you’re not getting relief using antidepressants, you might benefit from mood stabilizers.   

Bipolar II disorder can be very disruptive to your life. It can also take time to find the optimal combination of medications and therapy to restore balance. With the right help, you can overcome the extremes of mood bipolar II disorder causes.

Call At Your Service Psychiatry to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.

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