Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Summit Mental Health Clinic

Adult and Child Psychiatrist located in Austin, TX

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that affects 5.7 million adults in the United States. It causes unusual shifts in mood and energy that have a significant effect on daily life. At Summit Mental Health Clinic in Austin, Texas, Francisca Ifesinachukwu, MD – affectionately known as Dr. Ada – and the compassionate team of mental health experts take a patient-focused and holistic approach to psychiatric care. They specialize in diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder and provide innovative therapies to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Call the office or request an appointment online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depression, is a chronic mental health condition that causes rapid mood swings that fluctuate between emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).

Researchers are still studying the underlying cause of bipolar disorder, but theorize a combination of factors may lead to its development, including brain structure and function and genetics. 

What are the types of bipolar disorder?

There are three types of bipolar disorder. Each type causes manic and depressive episodes, but the episodes vary in severity and frequency.

The bipolar disorder types include:

Bipolar I disorder 

Bipolar I disorder is the most severe. With this type, people experience extreme manic episodes that last seven or more days and require hospitalization. 

The manic episodes may then be followed by depressive episodes that last two or more weeks.

Bipolar II disorder 

People with bipolar II disorder also experience manic and depressive episodes, however, the mania is less severe and called hypomania.

Cyclothymic disorder

With cyclothymic disorder, you may experience periods of hypomania and depression over a two-year period. However, your symptoms may not be severe enough for a bipolar disorder diagnosis. 

Children and teens may experience episodes of hypomania and depression. For a cyclothymic disorder diagnosis, they must experience these mood fluctuations for a year or more. 

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

The experienced adult and child psychiatrists at Summit Mental Health Clinic take a patient-centered and holistic approach to care. When you come in with concerns about a mental health condition, they conduct comprehensive evaluations to determine the most accurate diagnosis.

During your evaluation, your provider reviews your symptoms, mental and medical history, and family history. Then, they conduct a cognitive, mental, emotional, and physical exam.

To help you get the most effective treatment for your bipolar disorder, Summit Mental Health Clinic offers genetic testing, which is used to create your individualized psychiatric medication plan. 

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Summit Mental Health Clinic creates individualized treatment plans for bipolar disorder based on type, symptoms, and health and wellness needs. Your treatment plan may include a combination of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy.

For bipolar disorder patients who struggle to take their medication, Summit Mental Health Clinic offers long-acting injectable (LAI) medication. 

It’s not unusual for someone with bipolar disorder to also suffer from other mental health issues, such as anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The team at Summit Mental Health Clinic provides comprehensive care to address all your needs. 

For compassionate care for your bipolar disorder, contact Summit Mental Health Clinic by phone or online today.