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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Florida and Broward County, Sunrise, FL

An estimated 2.8% of Americans receive a bipolar disorder diagnosis in a year. You can find compassionate care for bipolar disorder and its symptoms at JM Psychiatry Inc. John Murdock, PMHNP, DNP, customizes treatment plans for adults using a combination of medications and psychotherapy. Dr. Murdock focuses on relieving your symptoms and keeping them under control in the long term, so you can live a happy, fulfilling life. Call the office in Sunrise, Florida, to schedule a consultation for bipolar disorder or book an appointment online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a condition that causes episodes of extreme highs (mania) and lows (depression).

During the high, manic episodes, you experience increased energy and joy. During depressive episodes, you experience low moods and persistent sadness, hopelessness, and guilt.

There are three classes of bipolar disorder:


Bipolar I disorder

Bipolar I disorder involves daily manic episodes that last seven days or longer, followed by depression that lasts two weeks or more. In some cases, symptoms of bipolar I can be severe enough to require immediate medical care and hospitalization.


Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder causes depressive episodes followed by periods of hypomania, a less severe form of mania.


Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder describes recurrent hypomania and depressive episodes that aren’t severe enough to be classified as bipolar II.


When should I seek treatment for bipolar disorder?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at JM Psychiatry Inc if you have persistent symptoms of bipolar disorder that affect your quality of life.

In addition to periods of extreme highs and lows, you might also notice:

  • Irritability
  • Changes in your behavior
  • Inability to care for yourself
  • Disruption in sleep patterns
  • Loss of interest in your usual activities

Dr. Murdock provides comprehensive, compassionate bipolar disorder evaluations in-office and through a telemedicine platform. He may also order blood work or other diagnostic tests to ensure your symptoms don’t relate to an underlying medical condition.

Based on the results of your evaluation, Dr. Murdock customizes a care plan to stabilize your moods and support a healthy, productive life.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Bipolar disorder requires lifelong treatment to keep your symptoms well-managed. Dr. Murdock personalizes holistic treatment plans using a combination of psychotherapy and medications.

Dr. Murdock helps you identify negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors during your psychotherapy sessions. He gives you tools that help you better manage your bipolar disorder and improve your quality of life.

Medications are an effective way to stabilize your moods and lower your risk for the complications untreated bipolar disorder can cause. Without proper care, bipolar disorder can cause thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide.

Through in-office visits and online telemedicine appointments, Dr. Murdock continues to monitor your health and the effectiveness of your treatment plan.

Schedule a bipolar disorder consultation online or call JM Psychiatry Inc today.