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What is bipolar II disorder?

Bipolar II disorder is a mood disorder that can cause shifts in your mood, energy, and concentration. It may also affect your day-to-day life. Bipolar II involves a pattern of hypomanic (feeling energized, elated, or irritable) episodes that last at least four days and depressive (feeling down, sad, or hopeless) episodes that last for weeks. These periods don’t last as long as they do in bipolar 1—manic episodes are usually less severe and lack the presence of psychotic symptoms.

If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, or think you might be experiencing symptoms, Brightside Health providers can help. With personalized mental health care, you can get started with the right treatment for your needs.

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Mimi Winsberg, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Stanford-trained Psychiatrist with 25 years of practice

The signs & symptoms of bipolar disorder

While we primarily treat bipolar II disorder at Brightside, our providers can also treat stable bipolar I disorder absent acute mania. If you are undiagnosed, our providers can recommend the right level of care for you.

Manic and hypomanic episodes can include various combinations of the symptoms below:

  • Feeling energetic, elated, irritable, or jumpy
  • Decreased appetite or need for sleep
  • Racing thoughts that can result in increased talkativeness
  • Willingness to take excessive risks that may have painful consequences
  • Increased distractibility

Depressive symptoms include:

  • Feeling down, sad, empty, or hopeless
  • Trouble concentrating, sleeping, or eating
  • Feeling unable to make decisions or lacking the energy to do things that previously felt easy
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Thoughts about death or suicide

Proper treatment can help people with bipolar disorder lead healthy lives.

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How we treat bipolar.

Once a diagnosis has been established, bipolar is generally treated with therapy, medication, or both. Talk with your provider about the best treatment option for you.

Medication

Antidepressants are shown to be effective in treating the symptoms of anxiety and depression that contribute to bipolar. At Brightside, we use data and research to find the right medication for you.

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Therapy

We use evidence-based therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that is proven to be effective in treating bipolar.

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Self-Care

A comprehensive approach to care leads to better outcomes. By practicing daily healthy habits and self-care, you can reduce your symptoms of bipolar.

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Commonly prescribed medications.

At Brightside we prescribe over 30 different antidepressant medications. We’ll work with you to find the right medication for your individual needs and symptoms.

Affordable plans to help you feel better.

Starting as low as
$95 / for your first month.


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Whether you choose medication, therapy, or both, our memberships include expert online care designed to help you feel better, faster.

  • Comprehensive video evaluation
  • Personalized treatment plan
  • Unlimited messaging
  • Unlimited video follow-ups with your provider
  • 4 video sessions with your therapist each month
  • Free medication delivery
  • Interactive Therapy lessons
  • Regular progress tracking

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Getting started is simple.

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Step 1

Fill out a quick questionnaire.

Start by answering a clinically-proven set of questions, which will help us understand your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan with Medication, Therapy, or both.

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Step 2

Meet your provider & start treatment.

Within 48 hours, you’ll have a video consultation where you can share how you’re feeling and decide on next steps together. If prescribed, your medication will be delivered to your door monthly.

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Step 3

Make progress and feel better.

Unlimited messaging, video sessions, and regular check-ins help you stay in touch with your provider so they can monitor your symptoms and adjust until treatment is right for you.

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You’re in good hands. Our licensed providers are experts in treating bipolar.

  • Always see an expert psychiatric provider
  • All therapists hold a master’s degree or higher
  • Licensed in your state and background comprehensively checked
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Michael Chen, MD

Psychiatrist
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Balwinder Kaur, PsyD

Therapist
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Erik Frost, MD

Psychiatrist

Life-changing results from real members.

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Melissa K.

“A literal life saver. So convenient, so effective, and more involved/high touch than my former psychiatrist was. I should have done this a year sooner.”

Kayla S.

“Brightside has made such a huge improvement on my quality of life. The ease of access, the convenience of the med delivery, and the intelligent check in scoring system all contribute to a next level quality of care.”

Anonymous

“My provider has answered every question I’ve had, listened to worries and concerns and symptoms, assured me and is truly invested in my quality of care. I’ve gone from moderate-severe depression to mild depression in just 2 months.”

Rachael B

“I am so very grateful to have found Brightside. This is the most hopeful I have felt in maybe two years. Brightside isn't just working for me, it saved me. Brightside really turned may life around.”

Tyler K

“My life is so much better after starting with Brightside. My doctor truly cares about my well being and I’m just so grateful for this.”

Life-changing results from real members.

Melissa K.

“A literal life saver. So convenient, so effective, and more involved/high touch than my former psychiatrist was. I should have done this a year sooner.”

Kayla S.

“Brightside has made such a huge improvement on my quality of life. The ease of access, the convenience of the med delivery, and the intelligent check in scoring system all contribute to a next level quality of care.”

Anonymous

“My provider has answered every question I’ve had, listened to worries and concerns and symptoms, assured me and is truly invested in my quality of care. I’ve gone from moderate-severe depression to mild depression in just 2 months.”

Rachael B

“I am so very grateful to have found Brightside. This is the most hopeful I have felt in maybe two years. Brightside isn't just working for me, it saved me. Brightside really turned may life around.”

Tyler K

“My life is so much better after starting with Brightside. My doctor truly cares about my well being and I’m just so grateful for this.”

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What you need to know.

Which types of bipolar disorder does Brightside treat?

Our providers primarily treat bipolar II disorder, and can provide care for stable bipolar I disorder absent acute mania.

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

Mental health providers diagnose bipolar disorder based on a person’s symptoms, history, experiences, and family history, if applicable.

At Brightside Health, your mental health provider will provide a comprehensive evaluation before diagnosis. If you already have a diagnosis, that’s okay too. They’ll listen to your symptoms and concerns, and learn about your history. Then they’ll recommend a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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What are the risk factors of bipolar disorder?

While researchers are still learning about bipolar disorder, genetics is a known risk factor. Studies have shown that people with certain genes may be more likely to develop bipolar disorder. Having a parent, sibling, or other close family member with bipolar disorder may also increase your risk.

When to seek help for bipolar disorder:

If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or have any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to talk to a mental health professional.

While bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental health condition, it can be managed with proper treatment so you can live a healthy and active life.

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What are the treatment options for bipolar disorder?

Medication and therapy are effective treatments for bipolar disorder. Having a healthy lifestyle and a support network can also help you manage symptoms.

Medication
Mood stabilizers and antipsychotics may be used to treat bipolar disorder. Treatment plans may also include medications that target sleep or anxiety. Your psychiatric provider may consider prescribing antidepressant medication to treat depressive periods alongside a mood stabilizer for manic and hypomanic periods.

At Brightside Health, you can start the right treatment faster. Your psychiatric provider will recommend medication using our PrecisionRx tool, which analyzes over 1,000 medication/dose combinations to find the one most likely to be effective for you.

Therapy
Evidence-based therapy can also help with bipolar disorder. By learning coping skills and learning to better respond to challenging emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, you can get support for your goals and help reduce your symptoms.

At Brightside Health, our therapy program is based on the Unified Protocol, an evidence-based approach based on a solid foundation of research. With virtual therapy sessions, interactive lessons, and skill practice, you can work 1:1 with your licensed therapist and access support when you need it.

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The Brightside difference.

We designed Brightside to deliver the best psychiatric care available.

Unlimited
access

Receive ongoing online care from hand-selected providers who are experts in treating bipolar.

Precision-
prescribing

Data-driven prescribing that analyzes over 100 unique data points and decades of clinical research to pinpoint your match.

Science-backed
approaches

Build the skills needed to overcome anxiety and depression with an evidence-based approach to therapy that is proven to work.

Measured care for
better outcomes

Track your progress at every step, so you and your provider can make informed decisions and adjust your care until it’s right for you.

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