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If you’re among the 2.3 million people in the United States with bipolar disorder and are struggling to manage your symptoms, you can find help at the office of Adnan Durrani, MD LLC. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Durrani provides comprehensive, compassionate care for bipolar disorder through his online telemedicine platform. He designs a treatment plan to meet your needs. The plan can include psychotherapy techniques, medications, and lifestyle changes so that you can enjoy a high-quality, healthy life. Call the office in Lorton, Virginia, today to schedule a bipolar disorder consultation or book your appointment online.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes unusual shifts in energy, mood, and concentration. These shifts make it difficult for you to meet your responsibilities and can lower your quality of life.
People with bipolar disorder often experience periods of elevated mood and energy levels followed by depressive episodes that leave them feeling sad and hopeless.
A bipolar diagnosis typically comes in late adolescence or early adulthood. If left untreated, the condition increases your risk of developing anxiety and/or depression. You can harbor suicidal thoughts and even act on them.
The underlying cause of bipolar disorder isn’t well understood. Several things likely contribute to the condition, including your genetic background and the function and structure of your brain.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Adnan Durrani, MD LLC if you have symptoms of bipolar disorder that last longer than two weeks. It’s also essential that you seek treatment if you have suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harming behaviors.
Through his online telemedicine platform, Dr. Durrani can assess your mental health needs and tailor a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.
Your treatment plan for bipolar disorder is based on how severe your symptoms are. Even if you have severe symptoms that affect your quality of life, psychiatric therapy can help.
Dr. Durrani focuses on your current and long-term mental health needs. Because bipolar disorder is a lifelong disease, you need ongoing care to ensure that your symptoms are under control.
Two effective treatments for bipolar disorder are:
Several medications are available to help stabilize your mood and prevent your condition from getting worse.
Dr. Durrani works with you to find the right medication and dosage. He can adjust your medication as needed based on your treatment progress.
Psychotherapy (talk therapy) and cognitive behavior therapy help you recognize your emotions and negative thought patterns and behaviors.
During therapy sessions, which are currently offered only through the online telemedicine platform, Dr. Durrani gives you the tools to positively manage your emotions and behaviors. He also provides a safe space to discuss anything that adds to your stress load.
In addition to medications and therapeutic techniques, Dr. Durrani could recommend lifestyle changes that help you include more physical activity in your life. You can also improve your diet to support brain health and function.
Call the office of Adnan Durrani, MD LLC today or book an appointment online if you need help managing the symptoms of bipolar disorder.