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Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Mind and Body Healthcare

Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Mental Health Provider serving Tennessee and Kentucky

If you alternate between weeks of feeling “up” and energized with weeks or months of feeling depressed and fatigued, you may be among the 5 million people with bipolar disorder. Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, at Mind and Body Healthcare diagnoses and treats bipolar disorder in adults at Mind and Body Healthcare, with telepsychiatry services available for patients throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. To learn coping strategies or receive medication management for your symptoms, schedule an appointment online or email Mind and Body Healthcare today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental health disorder that causes extreme mood shifts and changes in energy levels. People with bipolar disorder may experience shifts of mood ranging from depression to irritability to extreme highs making it difficult to manage daily living. There are three types of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I disorder

People diagnosed with bipolar I disorder have manic episodes lasting at least seven days or manic symptoms that require immediate hospitalization. People with bipolar I usually have depressive episodes lasting about two weeks. They may also experience depressive symptoms combined with manic symptoms at the same time.

Bipolar II disorder

People diagnosed with bipolar II disorder have cycling depressive and hypomanic episodes, but they don’t have the severity of manic episodes that happens to people with bipolar I.

Cyclothymic disorder

People who do not meet the requirements for hypomanic or depressive episodes may be diagnosed with cyclothymic disorder. They typically experience periods of depressive symptoms and hypomanic symptoms that last at least one year in children and adolescents and two years in adults.

You may experience shifting moods but do not think the definitions describe you. Lori at Mind and Body Healthcare will take time listening to you so she can make an accurate diagnosis.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Bipolar disorder lasts a lifetime, but there are periods where you may be free of mood changes. Mania and depressive episodes come back over time. All forms of bipolar are treated with a combination of medication and talk therapy.

Bipolar disorder is often treated with mood stabilizers and second-generation antipsychotics. Problems with anxiety and sleep are often present so anti-anxiety and sleep medications may be part of your treatment plan.

How do I live with bipolar disorder?

Since bipolar disorder is a lifelong disorder, it can be challenging. You can do some things to make living with bipolar disorder easier for yourself, including getting continuing treatment from Lori at Mind and Body Healthcare and keeping all of your medical and therapy appointments.

It’s important to take your medication as prescribed and avoid abusing alcohol and drugs. When you notice bipolar symptoms recurring, learn to recognize the warning signs and reach out for help.

Improving the symptoms of bipolar disorder takes time, but Lori can help with a customized treatment plan to reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Lori works specifically with persons with bipolar. Email Mind and Body Healthcare or book an appointment online today. Lori will find it a privilege to assist you in the management of the effects bipolar disorder has on your life.