Bipolar disorder is one of the most challenging mental health conditions, but with early and consistent treatment you can achieve a thriving life. Aruna Tummala, MD, at the Trinergy Center for Integrative Psychiatry specializes in treating bipolar disorder with a holistic and natural approach. Dr. Tummala combines Western, functional, and traditional Ayurvedic medicine to provide personalized care that treats bipolar disorder and its co-occurring conditions. To schedule an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment, call the office in New Berlin, Wisconsin, or book online today.
Bipolar disorder causes mood swings between high-energy mania and low-energy depression. Though everyone with this condition experiences mood changes, the severity and frequency of the swings depend on the type of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar I disorder causes severe mania and major depression. The manic highs often require hospitalization to help stabilize your mood.
This type causes episodes of hypomania and major depression. Hypomania is less severe than full-blown mania, but they share the same symptoms.
Cyclothymic disorder causes less severe symptoms than hypomania and major depression. However, you have frequent and rapidly changing mood swings.
During a manic episode, you may:
You can also have delusions and hallucinations during a manic episode.
During bipolar depression, you may:
Depression may also cause headaches, nausea, muscle aches, and other physical symptoms.
In addition to a psychological assessment, Dr. Tummala performs a root cause evaluation. Her evaluation includes a thorough physical exam, as well as an assessment of the gut-brain axis, the gut microbiome, genetics, and hormonal and immune system imbalances.
This integrative approach takes on special importance in bipolar disorder. Studies suggest that people with bipolar disorder have a weak immune system and high levels of inflammation. As a result, they often develop co-occurring medical conditions such as high blood pressure, migraines, hypothyroidism, and Type 2 diabetes.
As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Tummala uncovers every aspect of your health and lifestyle that may contribute to bipolar disorder and its associated diseases. Then she creates a tailored plan that treats the whole person.
Treatment for bipolar disorder typically relies on psychotherapy together with mood-stabilizing medications. Though Dr. Tummala prescribes psychiatric medications when needed, she prefers to use natural therapies that stabilize your mental health and target underlying health concerns.
In addition to psychotherapy and medications, your treatment may include any of the following:
To learn more about an integrative approach to bipolar disorder, call Trinergy Center for Integrative Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.