Bipolar

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. Formally known as manic depression, bipolar is a serious condition that can cause dangerous behavior, including suicidal tendencies. The manic and depressive periods can be brief (hours or days) or last several weeks or even months. Bipolar disorder is typically treated with a combination of therapy and medication. If you are suffering from bipolar disorder (or suspect you might be), contact one of TherapyDen’s specialists to get help today.

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Bipolar can be treated with several therapies. Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy uses tracking, social interaction, and circadian rhythms to keep you stable. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be really effective for depression. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) can help resolve any trauma, such as hospitalizations and embarrassing memories. Mindfulness and education round out the treatment.

— Anna Khandrueva, Therapist in Broomfield, CO

Bipolar disorder requires management of more than medications. The day to day functioning of an individual is compromised by this disease. You can live a full life, however. Through the use of routine and mental health hygiene, you can move from managing with medication to thriving.

— Rachel Humphries, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bastrop, TX
 

Bipolar disorder is treatable and more manageable than some may think. Understanding triggers and identifying warning signs can be key to success. Working with a mental health professional can help guide that self awareness train and promote healthy coping skills in order to encouraging living one's best life.

— Kellie A. Ebberup-Krug, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Like a seesaw you didn't ask to get on and can't get off. You have been on it so long you barely remember a time when it was level. You know it can be. Let's find that place together.

— Tom Earnshaw, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dallas, TX
 

Bipolar disorder can lead to abrupt mood shifts that can be difficult to manage and lead to impulsive choices, psychosis, challenged relationships, etc. There are therapeutic techniques we can engage in together to help bring about increased awareness of how lifestyle and mood are intertwined for you personally and identify areas for adjustment. Through processing in therapy, we can work together toward a greater sense of balance - both internally and externally.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

If you struggle with irritability, lack of motivation and interest, mood changes, or general discontentment: I support your progress of reducing and recovering from your problematic symptoms. I have multiple years of experience working in hospital, in-patient, and out-patient settings. Let's work together to manage, maintain, and reduce your symptoms so that you can live a healthier life.

— Darcy Pare, Mental Health Counselor
 

Bipolar disorder presents with high or low moods, described as mood swings. These mood swings can affect sleep, energy, activity, judgement, behavior and the ability to think clearly.

— Mariam Odu-onikosi, Mental Health Practitioner in Euless, TX

I have worked with those who have bipolar disorder for the last 5 years in hospital settings, community mental health, and group practice. Bipolar disorder is complicated and coordinating care can be difficult. I understand how important it will be to work with your care team to provide the best care.

— Laura Wood, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in SEATTLE, WA
 

Feeling like your emotions are not in your control is very scary.

— Sonia Kersevich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenbelt, MD

Do you feel like your emotions are too big? Do you feel angry or irritated all the time? Then notice that your emotions shift from day to day - maybe even moment to moment. You are irritated one moment and depressed the next. Does having all these emotions and trying to live your life generally feel overwhelming? Do people tell you that you seem unpredictable, “crazy”, that you “overreact” in difficult situations.

— Lee Rogers (Catherine E. Lee), Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

The ups and downs of bipolar disorder can leave you feeling fragmented and disoriented. Although you may spend much of the time feeling low, an episode of mania or hypomania can present without much warning. In our sessions, you can learn yourself and your patterns/triggers. We will explore ways for you to identify your mood and learn how to navigate them in a healthy way.

— Heather Vignali, Licensed Professional Counselor in , NJ

Being a dual diagnosis clinician, I have built specific skills to help patients of all ages challenge their mental health symptoms from bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression, among others. Working openly and honestly with patients they learn new techniques to manage their symptoms effectively.

— Dawn Ginestra, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Full self-disclosure - I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder type I when I was a late teenager. I have made it a point to work with people struggling with any of the cyclothymic disorders from a place of empathy and compassion. Medication issues and options are always open for discussion. I bring a wealth of personal and professional information to the table, and believe that treatment options are very much personal choice and responsibility, despite what many doctors seem to believe.

— Alyxx Berg, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Bipolar mood swings can be frightening. One week you may feel depressed, unmotivated even suicidal. Then you surge into a whirlwind of high energy, racing thoughts, sleeplessness, and maybe you do things that you feel embarrassed about later, when you come down from the emotional high. And this leads to more depression, shame and guilt. It's exhausting! There's hope. People with bipolar disorder lead healthy, productive lives with proper diagnosis and treatment.

— Celia Tatman, Counselor
 

In addition to medication management, helping client's increase mindful awareness of their moment-to-moment thoughts, feelings, and internal sensations, as well as deviations, is key to successfully managing the bipolar experience. Using a variety of DBT and ACT skills, I can help you overcome the overwhelm with effective skills-based coping and support. Commonly, many people working with bipolar symptoms also have significant trauma histories that we can also address with EMDR and IFS therapy.

— Cameron Lewis, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Redmond, WA