THERAPY FOR BIPOLAR DISORDERS

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The good news is bipolar disorder is treatable

From feeling like you are on the top of the world to not being able to get out of bed, Bipolar disorder can be incredibly difficult. One minute you feel like you can do anything you set your mind to and the next, you can’t see why life is worth living.

This experience is quite common for people with Bipolar Disorder … and we’re here to help!

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How can therapy help with bipolar disorder?

Through therapy, you will learn how to recognize and understand the different — and sometimes hidden — ways bipolar disease affects your mood, relationships, and life.

Together, we will develop coping skills and create sustainable behaviors that decrease the impact of mood swings on your daily life. You will learn how to notice distorted thinking patterns that may lead to risky behaviors, and help you to make choices that better suit your goals.

If you are interested in learning more, reach out today!

Do I need medication?

While medication is not required, therapy is most effective when we collaborate with your psychiatrist. ‘Mood stabilizers’ are the most commonly prescribed and effective type of medication used to treat bipolar disorder.

Together with your psychiatrist, we will ensure that you’re getting the best possible treatment from all angles. If you don’t currently have a psychiatrist, we can work together to find the right one for you.

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You may be wondering ...

» What does mania look like?

Mania is an extreme feeling of happiness, energy and optimism—you feel on top of the world.

This sounds great but these feelings can lead you to lose touch with reality. You may find yourself making bad decisions, believing in strange things, or doing something dangerous. Mania can cause a lot of problems in your work life and relationships.

In an episode of mania, you may feel:

  • Very happy and excited
  • Irritated with other people who don’t share your optimistic outlook
  • Full of energy
  • Unable or unwilling to sleep
  • Full of new and exciting ideas
  • More important than usual

Other people may notice that you are:

  • Jumping very quickly from one idea to another
  • Making plans that are grandiose and unrealistic
  • Very active and moving very quickly
  • Behaving in a bizarre way
  • Speaking very quickly
  • Making odd decisions on the spur of the moment, sometimes with disastrous consequences
  • Recklessly spending your money
  • Less inhibited about your sexual behavior

» What does a depressive episode look like?

Unlike mania, the depressive episode can last much longer and make it difficult to tackle daily tasks like going to work or taking a shower. There are a number of different signs that can signify a depressive episode such as:

  • Unhappiness that seems to not go away
  • Losing interest in things you used to like
  • Being unable to enjoy things
  • Finding it hard to make decisions
  • Feeling extremely tired
  • Feeling restless and agitated
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Feeling useless, inadequate and hopeless
  • Feeling more irritable than usual
  • Thinking of suicide
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Difficulty in getting to sleep
  • Waking earlier than usual
  • Constipation
  • Loss of interest in sex

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