Bipolar Disorder

Diagnosis, Treatment, & Management of Bipolar Disorder in Adults

Aura MD is a trusted provider of treatment for bipolar disorders diagnosed in adults. Our certified psychiatrists serving the Houston area have spent years developing a compassionate and welcoming environment in which we can help our patients to address their symptoms and find treatment and management options that are specifically formulated for each patient.

One of the primary services provided by Dr. Ashley Toutounchi and the team of Aura MD is the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder (which includes bipolar depression).

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Cyclothymic Disorders

This is often characterized by manic and depressive stages. However, in cyclothymic disorders, the degree of manic and depressive stages is a lot less when compared to those experienced by bipolar people.

The fluctuation in mood is experienced typically for prolonged periods of time and a minimum of 2 years of symptoms.


Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2

Bipolar disorder can be exhibited in two different forms. Bipolar I and Bipolar II.

Bipolar II is characterized by a much shorter and less intense exhibition of Bipolar disorder symptoms. While the symptoms may be shorter and less intense, patients who have been diagnosed often benefit from treatment as well.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder (previously known as manic-depression) can cause abrupt shifts in mood for weeks at a time. 

Manic episodes may include symptoms such as high energy, reduced need for sleep, and loss of touch with reality.

Depressive episodes can include symptoms such as low energy, low motivation, and loss of interest in daily activities. Mood episodes often a minimum of several days and up to months at a time and often times can cause disruption in day to day life.


Manic Symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorders
Depressive Symptoms

Testing for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorders cannot be diagnosed by a blood test or imaging studies.  Instead, mental health professionals are able to clinically diagnose the condition through an initial detailed consultation where we will review both your current and past symptoms and full medical history.

At AuraMD our team is dedicated to using evidence based methods and approaches to help you better manage and overcome the symptoms of  bipolar disorder.

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