Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM -  - Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM

Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment located in Great Neck, NY

Bipolar disorder affects 2.8% of adults and 2.9% of adolescents in the United States, making it a fairly common condition. What isn’t common is the effect it can have on the lives of those who suffer from it. If you or a loved one is struggling with bipolar disorder, Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABAM, ABPM, has a number of treatment options that help you better control the dramatic shifts in mood. If you’re in Great Neck, New York, and you’d like to learn more about treating bipolar disorder, call or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What are the types of bipolar disorder?

At its core, bipolar disorder is a condition that causes great swings in your mood, which is why it used to be called manic depression. Periods of great highs and depressive lows characterize bipolar disorder, but there are several different types, including:

Bipolar I disorder

You have at least one manic episode that lasts for at least a week, with hypomania and depressive episodes on either side. You may also experience a psychotic break that launches the manic episode.

Bipolar II disorder

People with this condition have a pattern of depressive and hypomanic episodes.


Many periods of hypomania, as well as depressive episodes that last for at least one year in kids and two years in adults.

There are other types of bipolar disorders, which Dr. Surasky can help evaluate after an extensive diagnostic assessment.


What are the signs of bipolar disorder?

Manic and depressive episodes characterize bipolar disorder, so it’s helpful to understand the signs of each. In a manic episode, you or a loved one may display some of the following behaviors:

  • Feeling full of energy
  • Feeling high, jumpy, or wired
  • Racing thoughts
  • Taking risks
  • Trouble sleeping

On the other end of the mood spectrum, depressive symptoms include:

  • Feeling empty
  • Hopelessness
  • No energy
  • A feeling of dread or doom
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Problems with sleep (too much or too little)

While these symptoms usually come on separately at different times, some people experience them both at the same time.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Because of the dual nature of bipolar disorder, the condition is often misdiagnosed, which is why you should seek the help of Dr. Surasky. He specializes in this area of mental health and understands what to watch out for and how to differentiate bipolar disorder from other mental conditions, which can often co-occur.

If Dr. Surasky diagnoses bipolar disorder, he turns to a number of treatment protocols, including:

  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Talk therapy, or psychotherapy

After fully evaluating your disorder and its impact on your life, Dr. Surasky comes up with a treatment plan that best fits your unique situation.

If bipolar disorder is disrupting your life or the life of someone close to you, call Dr. Russell Surasky for help. Or you can use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.