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Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Jazz Psychiatry -  - Psychiatrist

Jazz Psychiatry

Psychiatrists located in Valley Stream, NY & Garden City, NY

In the bustling symphony of life, high achievers often find themselves at the intersection of ambition and emotional challenges — a balance I've dedicated my practice to understanding deeply. My emphasis at Jazz Psychiatry isn’t just about addressing symptoms — it's about harmonizing the rhythm of your mind, body, and spirit.

Specializing in the unique stressors and pressures that high achievers face, I fuse a multi-disciplinary approach that blends conventional psychiatry with holistic mind-body interventions, ensuring that your professional life doesn’t come at the expense of your mental health.

With an approach steeped in prevention, self-care, and individualized strategies, we'll together chart a journey that sets the tone for sustainable success and well-being. True healing emerges when we address not just the mental, but also the physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental dimensions of one’s being.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Most people think of bipolar disorder as sudden swings between high-energy mania and low-energy depression. However, bipolar disorder appears in different ways. Though everyone has mood swings, not everyone has extreme changes in energy.

The three primary types of bipolar disorder include:

Bipolar I disorder

If you have bipolar I disorder, you have manic episodes with such severe symptoms that you need hospitalization. Most people with bipolar I disorder also have episodes of major depressive disorder, but you can be diagnosed with bipolar disorder before depression occurs.

Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder occurs when you have episodes of major depression and hypomania. Hypomania causes the same symptoms as mania, but they’re not as severe.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder causes many mood swings between depression and hypomania. You go through frequent ups and downs, but your depression and mania symptoms are less severe than bipolar I and II.

What symptoms occur during bipolar mania?

During a manic episode, you experience symptoms such as:

  • High energy levels (emotional and physical)
  • An upsurge in your activity level
  • Less need for sleep
  • Uncontrollable racing thoughts
  • Rapid speech
  • Distractibility
  • An inflated sense of self-importance
  • An increase in risky behaviors (spending sprees, risky driving)

During full-blown mania, you may have psychotic-like symptoms such as disjointed thoughts and being unable to think.

What symptoms occur during bipolar depression?

Bipolar depression causes one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling sad and hopeless
  • Avoiding activities you once enjoyed
  • Staying away from friends and family
  • Having little to no energy
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Sleeping too much
  • Having insomnia
  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Thinking about suicide

You may also struggle with depression before you have your first manic or hypomanic episode.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Dr. Singh takes a holistic approach to treating bipolar disorder. However, medication is usually an essential part of your treatment. Mood stabilizers help to balance brain chemicals, which reduces or prevents changes in your mood.

Most patients also benefit from psychotherapy. During psychotherapy, you can learn how to change your thought processes, manage bipolar triggers, reduce stress, or learn skills that help you nurture healthy relationships, as a few examples.

Dr. Singh supports every aspect of your life affected by bipolar disorder, whether you need help with sleep problems or with following a healthy diet. He may also recommend complementary practices such as meditation.

If you struggle with mood swings, call Jazz Psychiatry or book an appointment online to get the treatment that supports your health and well-being.