Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Chelsey Lahr, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Intrepid Mental Wellness, PLLC

Chelsey Lahr, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Denver, CO

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition that’s known for causing extreme mood swings. With modern bipolar disorder treatments and medications, Chelsey Lahr, PMHNP-BC, of Intrepid Mental Wellness can help you manage your mental health. She cares for bipolar disorder sufferers at her Englewood, Colorado, office and even offers telemedicine sessions. Before your bipolar disorder starts taking control of your daily life, schedule an evaluation. Book through the online scheduler or call the clinic.

Biopolar Disorder Q & A

What causes bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder — formerly known as manic depression — leads to extreme mood swings. You can experience emotional highs (mania or hypomania), then fall to severe depressive lows with almost no warning. Since bipolar disorder is complex, it can stem from many different factors including:

  • A family history of bipolar disorder
  • Episodes of high stress or trauma
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Brain abnormalities or neurotransmitter imbalances

Understanding early warning signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder is important, especially if you have a family history of it. While no cure exists, the condition can certainly be managed with the help of a qualified psychiatric medical professional.

How can I tell if I have bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder leads to distinct signs and symptoms that can vary from each episode. During a primarily euphoric or irritable mood (which may present as urges of physical aggression), you may notice:

  • Feeling jumpy, wired, or overly upbeat
  • Racing thoughts or being easily distracted
  • Poor decision making or impulsiveness
  • Decreased need for sleep

But when the high stages wind down and you start slipping into a major depressive episode, you could experience:

  • Feeling sad, unhappy, or empty
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Restlessness or slowed behavior
  • Fatigue or loss of energy

Sometimes men and women who have bipolar disorder also have anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychosis, or other mental health condition that worsens bipolar disorder symptoms.

What is the treatment for bipolar disorder?

Treating bipolar disorder typically involves having a thorough medical and mental health evaluation with Chelsey at Intrepid Mental Wellness. As a skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, Chelsey is an expert at recognizing bipolar disorder symptoms and finding effective medications, which can include:

  • Mood stabilizers
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Atypical antipsychotics

Antidepressants are also an option, but Chelsey uses them with caution because antidepressant use without good mood stabilization can worsen symptoms and increase the risk of manic episodes.

Finding the right medication to manage bipolar disorder often takes some trial and error and changes to dosages. And Chelsey understands that side effects, such as weight gain, are always a concern. That’s why she chooses medications for her patients that have the lowest risk of side effects.  

Visiting with Chelsey regularly and taking your medication exactly as prescribed can help stabilize your moods over time. Chelsey collaborates with your team of mental health practitioners and medical doctors to ensure your medication and treatment plan works to improve your quality of life.

Get started on your custom bipolar disorder treatment at Intrepid Mental Wellness today. Book your visit either online or over the phone.