Bipolar Disorder Treatment & Therapy

Bipolar Disorder Treatment San Jose & Los Gatos, CA

Treatment for bipolar disorder

Managing Bipolar symptoms can be challenging; however, there are multiple treatment options for patients, including a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and lifestyle changes. Most patients, adherent to treatment, see a pronounced improvement in their quality of daily living.

Medication – Depending on your symptoms, you may be prescribed one or more medications for bipolar disorder, including antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medication.

Therapy – We will help you create new, healthier behaviors and thought patterns that help you manage your symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Lifestyle changes – Our providers will help you find common-sense lifestyle changes you can make to help you manage your bipolar disorder more effectively. Some lifestyle changes that work well for bipolar disorder patients include establishing routines, nutrition counseling, exercise, and creating healthy sleep habits.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The characteristic symptoms of bipolar disorder include mania, hypomania (a less-severe mania), and depression. Manic and depressive episodes create a cycle in the patient’s life, creating extreme highs and lows that may last days or weeks at a time.

People experiencing a manic episode may feel extremely excited, euphoric, energetic, and impulsive. A person in a manic episode may go on a spending spree, have unprotected sex, or take other dangerous risks.

Depression is the opposite end of the bipolar disorder cycle. When experiencing a depressive episode, a person will likely feel extreme fatigue, sadness, and hopelessness. A person experiencing a depressive episode may sleep for days on end or have thoughts of self-harm.

Tell-tale behaviors that may indicate the presence of bipolar disorder include:

In the manic stage:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessive talking
  • Extreme overconfidence
  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Risk-taking
  • Decreased need for sleep

In the depressive stage:

  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Hopelessness
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Losing interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Over- or under-eating
  • Trouble with memory and concentration
  • Thoughts of self-harm

Gender differences in bipolar disorder symptoms

Bipolar disorder tends to manifest differently in men and women, though both are diagnosed with bipolar disorder in equal numbers.

Happy woman after bipolar disorder treatment in San Jose & Los Gatos, CA

Bipolar Symptoms in Women:

  • Tend to be diagnosed in the 20s and 30s
  • Include less-severe episodes of mania
  • Include more depressive episodes than manic episodes
  • Co-exist with other conditions such as anxiety, obesity, migraines, and thyroid disorders
Happy man after bipolar disorder treatment in San Jose & Los Gatos, CA

Bipolar Symptoms in Men:

  • Tend to be diagnosed earlier in life, such as in the teenage years and early 20s
  • Include more severe manic episodes than in women
  • Include acting out during manic episodes
  • Lead to substance abuse issues

Ready to take charge of your bipolar disorder?

Schedule your appointment today. Dr. Sarbani Maitra and her team at Lumos Psychiatric Services are here to help you manage your bipolar disorder so you can reach your full potential. To schedule your consultation, just fill out the form below.

Dr. Maitra is very caring, compassionate and concerned about patient health. My wife is her patient. Dr. Maitra is so sweet that my wife sees her niece in her.She understands the patient current and past situation and tries to accommodate and help and work around that.She doesn’t enforce her opinions and listens patiently about patient situations and prescribes medication that a patient can tolerate.She works with patient and not against. I am fortunate to have her treat my wife.I would highly recommend Dr. Maitra.
Dr. Maitra is awesome! I can't say enough about her. She cares about her patients and has a great team of co-workers. Swati goes above and beyond and handles extra tasks for me. More than recommended for anyone who wants a great professional at an accommodating clinic with a lovely team of staff members. Thanks for everything, guys!
I would highly recommend Dr. Maitra. She is the best psychiatrist i have come across. She listens so patiently, and her approach is so honest and remarkable.
Lumos Clinical has been a God send for my Wife and I. Dr Maitra is someone who is extremely intelligent and qualified in her field and she is also very compassionate and understanding.She has a way of getting through to people, empathizing with them and really helping them. Then there is Riya, and if you are lucky enough to speak to her, you already know she exhibits the upmost compassion, empathy and care. She was a large reason I chose to take my Wife to Lumos and it led us to an amazing Dr and rest of staff.
I cannot express how great my appreciation is for the staff and Doctors at Lumos Clinic. Dr Maitra and Swati have changed my view of psychiatric help because of their unending kindness and accommodation- I can schedule appointments over text increasing the likelihood I will get help. If you’re looking for help then I can’t recommend this clinic more. Dr Maitra has a diverse background working with a wide variety of patients, she’s incredibly smart, non-judgemental and has made the difference for me when other doctors in San Jose couldn’t.
Dr Maitra has been treating our son who has an eating disorder. She is the first doctor that my son has liked and she has had a lot of successes with our son. She is flexible and hard working and her staff is very professional. She has good instincts and incites. Strongly recommended.

Dr. Sarbani Maitra,
MD, Psychiatrist

Meet Dr. Maitra

Sarbani Maitra, MD is a board eligible psychiatrist. She has a Bachelors in Science from Tennessee Technological University in Chemistry leading up to her doctorate of medicine from the American University of the Caribbean Medical School. She then went on to gain clinical experience at Queen’s Hospital (erstwhile Old Church Hospital), London U.K. for a period of three years. She pursued her residency in Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville Tennessee after working in research on women’s health issues at the Center of Women’s Health and Research. Dr Maitra has extensive experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings managing patients across the spectrum with psychotic disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders and patients struggling with substance use disorders. She believes in an integrated approach to mental health which includes the biopsychosocial approach. [Read More]