Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Destin, FL

Bipolar disorder involves significant mood shifts between depression and euphoria, which can have a major impact on your overall well-being and relationships. Sarah Baxley, DNP, evaluates and provides counseling for your symptoms at Access Now Primary Care, LLC, a telehealth practice serving patients in and around Destin, Florida. To learn more about treatment options for bipolar disorder, call the office to schedule a telehealth visit or book online today.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder involving major transitions between elevated moods and high energy (mania) and low moods (depression). While you might have some periods between these phases with neutral moods, the mood swings themselves are dramatic and can significantly disrupt your day-to-day life in many ways. 

While there’s no singular cause of bipolar disorder, several factors might be at play. You might develop bipolar disorder because of:

  • Your genetics
  • A chemical imbalance in your brain
  • Childhood abuse or trauma
  • Everyday stressors
  • Hormone imbalances

Dr. Baxley encourages you to schedule a virtual evaluation at Access Now Primary Care, so she can evaluate your symptoms and find you the proper care. 

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Symptoms of bipolar disorder change as you go through phases of depression coupled with phases of mania or hypomania (a milder form of mania). You might experience:

Mania or hypomania

Mania and hypomania involve heightened energy and more positive or reactive moods. You might be euphoric or particularly irritable. You might also engage in more risky behaviors and have a decreased need for sleep and food.


Depression symptoms from bipolar disorder involve anxiety, hopelessness, sadness, guilt, and fatigue. You might also lose interest in things that normally excite you.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Access Now Primary Care offers virtual consultations for bipolar disorder, including counseling and specialist coordination care. Dr. Baxley reviews every patient’s medical history and symptoms before creating an individualized plan to meet their mental health needs.

As part of your treatment plan, you might be recommended:

Mood stabilizing medications

Mood stabilizers and antidepressants are medications that can balance your mood swings and help you manage bipolar disorder symptoms.


Many forms of counseling help you analyze and manage your moods, including behavioral counseling. It encourages you to make changes in your personal life, like finding new strategies to manage stress or ways to communicate your needs better in relationships. 

To see if you can benefit from a bipolar disorder evaluation, call Access Now Primary Care to schedule a telehealth appointment or book online today.