Bipolar Disorder Specialist

James Fox, MD -  - Adult Psychiatrist

James Fox, MD

Adult Psychiatrist & TMS located in Summerville, SC

Bipolar disorder, or periods of extreme depression paired with emotional highs, can diminish your quality of life. If you suffer from bipolar disorder, simple treatments are within reach at the office of psychiatrist James Fox, MD, in Summerville, South Carona. Dr. Fox and his team offer revolutionary, noninvasive express transcranial stimulation (TMS) to improve extreme swings in mood and your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fox over the phone or online to learn more.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition, formerly known as manic depression, associated with extreme mood swings of depression paired with emotional highs (mania). During periods of depression, you might feel hopeless, sad, or lose interest in favorite people or activities. When your mood shifts, you feel euphoric, happy, and energized. 

Dr. Fox and his team help you manage extreme mood swings associated with bipolar disorder with revolutionary technology and treatments that improve your sleep, judgment, behavior, mood, and overall quality of life.


What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The symptoms you experience with bipolar disorder depend on whether you’re in the depressed or manic phase:

  • Mania
  • Being distracted
  • Abnormally upbeat
  • Increases in energy and activity
  • An exaggerated sense of self-confidence
  • Unusual talkativeness
  • Decreases in sleep
  • Racing thoughts
  • Making poor, spur-of-the-moment decisions
  • Depressive episodes
  • Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Excessive sleep
  • Feeling worthless
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thinking about or planning suicide
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Unplanned weight loss or weight gain


Symptoms fluctuate regularly with bipolar disorder, which often stems from genetic factors. Your risk of bipolar disorder increases if you have a parent or sibling with the disorder, a history of alcohol or drug abuse, or a high-stress living situation.


How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

To diagnose bipolar disorder, Dr. Fox and his team review your medical history and symptoms. He completes a psychiatric assessment and physical exam to make a final diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan for you.


What is the treatment for bipolar disorder?

The expert medical team at the office of James Fox, MD, offers advanced bipolar treatments, including:

Medications

Taking certain medications can reduce symptoms associated with bipolar disorder. Dr. Fox works with you to find a medicine that best suits your needs.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, teaches you behavioral change strategies that help you cope with or overcome bipolar disorder. 

Express TMS

Dr. Fox and his team specialize in MagVenture express TMS, which uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in your brain associated with symptoms of depression. The procedure is noninvasive and takes just three to five minutes per session to complete.

Don’t live with symptoms of bipolar disorder when simple treatment strategies are available at James Fox, MD. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today for an evaluation.