Do you suffer from Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that results in unusual and drastic shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Bipolar disorder includes symptoms of depression and of mania which involves significant irritability, distractibility, impulsivity, decreased need to sleep, feelings of grandiosity, and engaging in behaviors that a high potential to be dangerous (i.e. foolish business investments, sexually risky behaviors, excessive spending, etc.) The feelings and behaviors associated with Bipolar Disorder are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time in their severity and impact on one’s life.
How can therapy help?
Most symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are managed very effectively by medication such that individuals can lead full and productive lives. However, those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder often either refuse to take their medications or choose to take “breaks” once they begin to feel more in control of their emotions or stating that their experience of their feelings or creativity is stifled. This often results in further disruption and dysfunction in the lives of those with the diagnosis and their families’. Furthermore, “break through” symptoms at times are experienced despite being medicated. These are often difficult to recognize and therefore manage. Treatment with a qualified therapist involves recognizing the impact the symptoms are having on one’s functioning and relationships and identifying ways of addressing and coping with those challenges. Family members of individuals diagnosed with the Disorder can also benefit from treatment to learn to better understand and manage the difficulties involved with living with the disorder. When left untreated, symptoms of Bipolar Disorder can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. Call us today to begin managing your struggles with Bipolar Disorder!