If you have bipolar disorder, you will require continued lifelong treatment that includes a combination of talk therapy, medication, and support – even during the times in your life when you feel fine. Maintenance is key to effectively managing the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Those who skip maintenance treatment have a higher chance of relapsing or becoming manic or depressed. That is why even something as simple as a house call (home visit) from a medical professional is ideal for maintaining optimum mental health.
How Can a Nurse Practitioner Help with My Bipolar Disorder?
The treatment of bipolar disorder – also called manic depression – during a house call is highly individualized. The approach will depend on the patient’s current condition and comfort level.
Treatment will involve a combination of solution-focused psychotherapy and medication-assisted therapy. In every house call, a nurse practitioner focuses on solutions, with the goal being effective crisis management.
The nurse practitioner will first employ psychotherapy, which may include family members and not just the patient.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Some examples of psychotherapy are:
Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy
IPSRT focuses on establishing daily rhythms which help with stabilizing moods. It involves sticking to consistent sleeping patterns, waking patterns, mealtimes, and exercise schedules.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT focuses on the identification of unhealthy beliefs and negative patterns of thinking. It is followed by replacing these with healthy beliefs and positive patterns of thinking.
This allows you to identify triggers for your bipolar disorder. This way, you can also create strategies to help you manage frustrations and stress.
This involves learning more about the disorder to help you gain a better understanding of it. This can help to empower you to take control of your condition.
This usually helps patients stick to their treatment plan and avoid relapse. Your family members are also encouraged to take part in psychoeducation so that they know how to deal with the situation when your bipolar symptoms ever crop up.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment for Bipolar Disorder?
The nurse practitioner will also likely use medication-assisted treatment for your manic depression. Some examples of medication used in this therapy are:
These medications are prescribed in order to tamp down depression. They may be prescribed along with mood stabilizers and antipsychotics to avoid a manic episode.
This class of drugs helps when bipolar patients experience depression or mania that is not responding to other medication. These may be prescribed alone or with mood stabilizers.
These medications help to control manic or hypomanic flare-ups in a patient with bipolar disorder, helping the person to feel more normal.
These types of medicine are prescribed for short-term use. They help reduce feelings of anxiety, allowing patients to think normally and sleep normally.
Nurse Practitioner Offering Psychiatric House Calls in Manhattan
Dr. Raymond Zakhari, NP of Metro Medical Direct – The Adult Health Nurse Practitioner of New York, provides personalized services to help individuals with bipolar disorder. He offers integrative care, where he addresses your physical, mental, and emotional health in the comfort of your own home.
By making house calls (visits) to patients in Manhattan, he can provide expert crisis management and practical solutions in treating bipolar disorder. Dr. Zakhari wants you to know that no subject is off-limits in your home. He believes that the best environment for treating patients is their home, because it is where they are most comfortable. In a moment of crisis, Dr. Zakhari will come to you and give you the medical attention you need.