Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder diagnosis

Life Is Full of Ups & Downs

Bipolar disorder is defined as episodes of lows & highs in depressive episodes & mania or hypomania. These episodes can last anywhere from days to months at a time. These shifts in mood cause a marked lack of functioning in day to day functioning. This disorder can look different for the person experiencing it depending on what stage they are in and how well they understand their mental diagnosis and whether they’ve had counseling before. Unfortunately for some people, the depressive piece can be long lasting and much more prevalent than the mania than for others and so sometimes needs to be at the forefront of treatment rather than the mania. We ensure that all clients come into session feeling accepted and cared about from the beginning. We emphasize that this disorder is not the cliche that culture has tried to make it out to be. It is a very difficult diagnosis to live through and one that requires a lot of care and empathy.

Regain Emotional Balance & Stability Through Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Common goals clients with bipolar typically have for treatment is how to better manage their moods and being able to recognize when they are going to have these shifts before they happen, communicate to their loved ones when they happen, and realistically identify when they are manic. Another common theme is making sure that they have a plan in place to adhere to medication management when they are experiencing a manic episode. This is a mood disorder that is also classified as a brain disease and does need medication management to fully manage this disorder. When combining therapy and proper medication management, this treatment can be fully manageable.

In treatment of this diagnosis, we often use CBT as one of the main and most important factors is recognition of thought patterns and being able to identify mood shifts and change and thought patterns. This is something that gets honed in on for many different angles throughout therapy sessions and practiced in a lot of different ways through the use of different modalities, depending on what the client is interested in and what reaches them best. We will also use expressive art therapy as a tool to help them heal from some of the pain that goes along with this disorder.

During manic phases, individuals with bipolar disorder might experience a significantly elevated mood, exhibiting extreme optimism and increased energy.

In a depressive episode, the same person might face intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities they usually enjoy.

During a manic phase, a person may be more productive, but also engage in impulsive, high-risk behaviors, such as reckless driving or excessive spending sprees.

Sleep patterns are often disrupted; during manic episodes, individuals might feel rested after only a few hours of sleep, while depressive phases can lead to excessive sleep.

Irritability and quick temper can be prominent in both manic and depressive episodes, affecting personal and professional relationships.

In severe cases, individuals with bipolar disorder might experience delusions or hallucinations during manic episodes.

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