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Bipolar Disorder

Unity Behavioral Health

Lexie P Barton, FNP

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner located in New Mexico

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition that causes dramatic mood changes that shift from high to low. These mood changes are more severe than the typical ups and downs most people experience. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Lexie Barton, FNP, at Unity Behavioral Health offers telemedicine psychiatric care for bipolar disorder. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic changes in a person’s mood, energy, behavior, and concentration. 

People with bipolar disorder shift between manic episodes (elation, high-energy) and depressive episodes (sadness, low-energy). These mood changes are more intense than the typical highs and lows most people experience and may last for long periods.

When left untreated, bipolar disorder symptoms worsen. With the right combination of medications and counseling, bipolar disorder is treatable.

At Unity Behavioral Health, Lexie specializes in the psychiatric management of mood disorders like bipolar disorder and offers specialized options for adults in need of services. 

What are bipolar disorder symptoms?

Bipolar disorder symptoms vary in type and severity depending on whether the patient is experiencing a manic or depressive episode. 

Manic episode symptoms

Manic episode symptoms in bipolar disorder include feelings of elation, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. Though the “highs” that come with a manic episode lift the mood, they’re difficult to control. They may lead to impulsive and unpredictable behaviors or a psychotic episode (hallucinations and delusional thinking). 

Some people with bipolar disorder experience hypomania – a milder form of mania that doesn’t lead to psychotic episodes.  

Depressive episode symptoms

Depressive episode symptoms may include sadness, guilt, shame, and general disinterest in activities and relationships. Like the manic episodes, depressive episode symptoms are severe and debilitating. 

What can I expect during a bipolar disorder consultation?

When you consult with Lexie at Unity Behavioral Health for your bipolar disorder, you can expect a comprehensive assessment. She takes a holistic approach to care and assesses your whole health rather than focusing on your diagnosis and symptoms. 

During your initial telemedicine assessment, Lexie takes the time to get to know you to better understand your physical, emotional, and mental wellness needs. She also works at building patient-provider trust that leads to a long-lasting relationship and better overall care.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Lexie creates individualized bipolar disorder treatment plans based on the severity of your symptoms and your overall health and wellness needs. Though she believes in the value of psychiatric medication to stabilize your mood, she doesn’t take a cookie-cutter approach with prescriptions.

She works closely with you to find a medication that provides the most benefits with the fewest side effects. With her medication management service, she monitors you and your health and adjusts your prescription as needed. 

Lexie augments your medical treatment with counseling to help you identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors associated with your bipolar disorder.

For compassionate and personalized care for your bipolar disorder, call the office or book your telemedicine appointment online today.