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Author: Barbara Reade L.C.P.C., copyright 2013
Bipolar Disorder is a complex disorder that involves a wide variety of symptoms. People with this disorder typically have wide swings in mood that often make them feel as if they are on an emotional roller coaster. Some people find intense and long periods of either mania or depression, followed by intense periods of the opposite mood (either mania or depression). Other people experience one extreme of this spectrum most of the time and very little of the other. And for others, they may have either severe mania or severe depression only.
Another type of this disorder involves moods shifting very rapidly in short time periods. This is more typical in women, and sometimes can partially or completely be caused by thyroid gland imbalances.
One other form of bipolar disorder occurs when someone experiences mania and depressive symptoms all within the same time period.
Because of the complexity of this disorder, and severity of symptoms, it is very important that anyone with this diagnosis, seek and find effective mental health care, from a qualified psychotherapist, and psychiatrist. Most patients can find tremendous relief when treated effectively for this disorder.
The symptoms that distinguish this disorder are:
During a manic phase, symptoms include:
If the mania or depression become too severe hospitalization is often recommended for a patient’s safety, until these extreme symptoms can be reduced. For most people, however, incidents of hospitalization can be eliminated or significantly reduced, if they find and continue to follow an effective medication and mood management program.
Successful treatment usually involves a 2 pronged approach- 1) finding and consistently taking the bipolar medications that help you most with your symptoms and 2) psychotherapy that teaches you the most effective techniques for identifying, monitoring, and managing mood changes. For some people, psychotherapy can assist them enough to regulate their symptoms, but for most people, a combination of both approaches is most effective. Typically bipolar patients find a psychiatrist to work with them in finding the right medications, and a separate psychotherapist to help them learn and implement techniques for regulating their moods more effectively.
Therapy techniques for bipolar disorder are wide ranging in approach. What works for one person may not be effective for another person. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) has been shown in research to have positive effects on mood change. Stress management techniques can also be very helpful. Meditation, visualization, yoga, cognitive therapy, and sometimes insight therapy also can be useful depending on a person’s past life experiences.
Finding a therapist who will listen to your concerns, and works with you to find techniques that help YOU the most, is crucial for your success in therapy. However, the one most critical factor in your success will be your desire to learn, grow, and work to discover the right methods for your own recovery. Doing this, followed by the willingness to change what doesn’t work, on a permanent basis, can help you create the kind of life you desire.
If you have thoughts of suicide or harming yourself or others, immediately call your local emergency number (such as 911) or go to the hospital emergency room.
If you have questions about Bipolar therapy please call Barbara Reade LCPC at 410-916-6017