Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a serious mental illness that causes extreme fluctuations.
If you are affected, it limits your ability for normal functionality. You feel extreme mood swings, from emotional highs to lows.
During the “low” you feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in most activities. When you are in the “high” there’s a euphoric feeling, over the top energy, yet unusually irritable.
Your mood swings can affect sleep, energy, behavior, judgment and your ability to think. There’s a turmoil people with bipolar go through as they experience the endless cycle. There’s the dramatic and emotional highs and lows. It creates a feeling of hopelessness for their future.
You do not have to feel helpless. Studies have shown psychotherapy is a vital part of bipolar disorder treatment.
Treatment can be provided in an individual, family or group setting.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) focuses on identifying unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors. You’ll work to replace them with healthy, positive ones. CBT can also help you identify what triggers the bipolar episodes. You’ll learn strategics to manage stress and cope with upsetting situations.
Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), can be effective in one-on-one sessions or pyschoeducational groups. During the therapy you will learn DBT skills training. This will help target the issues and teaches skills to deal with them.
Family therapy offers support and communication between family members. You and your family will learn about recognizing and managing early signs of mood swings.
At Pathways Counseling Services, we understand the significant challenges that living a life with bipolar disorder can present to the individuals suffering from it and we offer assistance that will meet the needs of individuals struggling to overcome this debilitating disorder.
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