Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Agdel Hernandez Colon, MD

Psychiatrist located in Downtown Manhattan, New York, NY

About 83% of adults with bipolar disorder experience severe impairment, making it difficult to keep a job and stay in touch with friends and family. Dr. Agdel Hernandez Colon understands the difficulties you face. He has spent years helping patients with bipolar disorder find treatments that relieve their symptoms and helps them return to the life they want. To learn more about your treatment options or to schedule an appointment, call the office in New York City’s Financial District or book an appointment online.

Bipolar Disorder

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder causes recurring changes in the way you think and in your behavior, mood, and energy level. These changes typically cycle between mania and depression, with normal behavior between the highs and lows.

The symptoms of mania that occur with bipolar disorder are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, often to the point of requiring hospitalization.

Episodes of hypomania have the same symptoms as mania, but they’re less severe. They usually don’t cause problems because you can still fulfill your daily responsibilities.

Mania symptoms:

  • Feeling very up or having an elevated sense of self-esteem
  • Having lots of energy or feeling wired
  • Increasing your activity level
  • Finding it hard to sleep
  • Talking very fast
  • Feeling agitated and irritable
  • Having racing thoughts
  • Engaging in risky behaviors (spending too much money, reckless sex)

Depression symptoms:

  • Feeling sad, down, or hopeless
  • Having very little energy
  • Decreasing activity levels
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Having a hard time concentrating
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Thinking about suicide

What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

The three primary types of bipolar disorder are:

Bipolar I disorder

If you have bipolar I disorder, you’ve had one or more pronounced manic episodes. Your manic episode could also happen together with a depressive episode, or you may have a separate major depressive episode.

Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder is characterized by a pattern of one or more severe major depressive episodes with at least one hypomanic episode. You may also experience a mixed episode with mania and depression at the same time.

Cyclothymic disorder

This type of bipolar disorder is defined by many periods of hypomanic and depressive symptoms that are present for at least two years in adults. The symptoms that occur during cyclothymic episodes aren’t severe enough to meet the criteria of a hypomanic or depressive episode.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Dr. Hernandez Colon works with each patient to find a treatment that works for them. He may prescribe medications such as mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, or antidepressants. Dr. Hernandez Colon also provides different types of psychotherapy that are proven to help people with bipolar disorder.

When you experience depressed or manic behaviors and emotions, call the office or book an appointment online.