About Bipolar Disorder Care at Mount Sinai

Bipolar disorder is a severe and unpredictable disease that can throw the life of an entire family off balance. That’s why the psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers of Mount Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry draw on extensive clinical experience and leading-edge research to devise the best treatment strategy for each patient.

In addition to offering specialized expertise in the proper diagnosis of bipolar disorder, our team is skilled in providing a full range of treatment options, including pharmaceuticals (such as anti-manic medications), psychotherapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy), and the growing field of device-based treatments (such as transcranial magnetic stimulation). In addition, our role as a lead research center gives our patients access to emerging treatments in the form of clinical trial enrollments, making Mount Sinai a destination for challenging cases of bipolar disorder that haven’t responded to therapies elsewhere.

Treating All Aspects of Bipolar Disorder

Mount Sinai is at the forefront of a new treatment area based on science’s emerging realization that bipolar disorder involves not only dual states of depression and mania, but also underlying cognitive difficulties. These cognitive deficits (affecting concentration, short-term memory, and planning) can remain even when the symptoms of mood instability remit, preventing patients from achieving their highest potential. This fuller understanding of the disease allows Mount Sinai specialists to provide patients with more comprehensive and effective treatment plans.

Such a careful approach to therapy is provided by a number of Mount Sinai departments. Our Faculty Practice Associates and Outpatient Psychiatric Department Clinic offer the experience of highly-skilled clinicians providing a range of treatments, from targeted talk therapy techniques to pharmaceutical options. We also offer advanced therapies through our Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, where specialists employ innovative research to provide patients with specialized consultations and customized treatment plans. Mount Sinai also provides emergency services and inpatient care for those requiring intensive therapy.

Controlling the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

While there is no cure for bipolar disorder, the right treatment plan will help patients manage the disease’s intense symptoms, resulting in significantly fewer and milder episodes. Our goal is to help unburden our patients of the disruptive symptoms that have held them behind and enjoy the life they would be entitled to had they never developed the disorder.