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HOW WE TREAT BIPOLAR
Our providers understand the challenges of bipolar disorder, and have real-world experience helping people just like you.Start with a free assessment
Different people experience bipolar disorder in different ways. That’s why our providers work 1:1 with you to personalize treatment to your unique needs.
When medication is necessary, our psychiatric providers analyze 100+ data points to determine the most tolerable and effective prescription for you.
Our program combines cognitive and behavioral therapy with independent skill practice—all of which have been clinically proven to work for a wide range of symptoms.
Mental Health condition
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.
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.
Proper treatment can help people with bipolar disorder lead healthy lives.
HOW IT WORKS
Let your provider know how you’re feeling, get to know you, and provide 1:1 support.
Get questions or concerns off your chest between video visits by messaging your provider at any time.
Learn how to integrate new thought and behavior patterns into your daily life.
Complete weekly check-ins so your provider can track your progress and, if necessary, adjust your treatment and/or medication.
Our plan options
Because quality mental health care shouldn’t be out of reach for anyone.
We accept insurance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If your question isn’t answered below, view our full list of FAQs here.
Brightside is available to people 18 years and older in the states where Brightside operates who believe they may be experiencing depression and may benefit from treatment.
Remote care is not a good fit for people with certain conditions or situations. These include (but are not limited to):
Our providers do not treat, and do not prescribe for adhd.
If any of these describe you, it’s best for you to be seen by a provider in person so you can get the care that’s right for you.
Brightside makes it easy to get top quality depression care from the privacy of home.
Here’s how Psychiatry works:
Here’s how Therapy works:
When scheduling your first appointment, you can browse all of our available providers in your state. Take a look at their profiles and check open times to find the best fit for you. Every Brightside provider undergoes a rigorous hiring and vetting process to ensure the highest quality care.
Brightside currently accepts select insurance plans in various states for payment of your provider’s or therapist’s services. Please see below for a current listing of plans. Brightside may not be included in all plans that each health insurance company offers. Please contact your health insurance plan to verify that your care at Brightside will be covered.
We currently accept the following insurance plans:
If you are a new member signing up for services you can enter your insurance information during the sign-up process. We’ll let you know your eligibility, as well as you estimated co-pays and out-of-pocket costs (if any) before signing-up or scheduling.
We also accept HSA/FSA payment if you have one of those accounts. If you have questions about using your medical or prescription insurance benefits, please contact us by emailing [email protected].
Our providers primarily treat bipolar II disorder, and can provide care for stable bipolar I disorder absent acute mania.
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.
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.
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.
Medication and therapy are effective treatments for bipolar disorder. Having a healthy lifestyle and a support network can also help you manage symptoms.
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.
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.