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 disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in mood, energy and thinking. Individuals with bipolar experience a spectrum of high and low moods—known as mania and depression. Untreated bipolar usually worsens, however, with early intervention and coordinated treatment, people can learn to manage symptoms.

— David Johnson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Mateo, CA

Living with Bipolar and other Mood Disorders can feel like riding a rollercoaster. There are ups and downs and adjusting can be difficult. I seek to provide clients with the ability to have compassion for themselves as they go through this experience. It is important for people who have a genetic predisposition to these conditions to realize that it is not their fault, and to be supported by the people that surround them. I work to make my clients feel grounded and in control of their lives.

— Elizabeth "Lisa" Cotey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

Treatment for Bipolar usually includes medication, but also work on developing a practice of healthy habits whether that is art, writing, yoga, breathing, or spiritual practices. Bipolar symptoms can be debilitating and negatively influence your self-esteem and relationships. In therapy we work on finding those triggers and help you find ways to alleviate and manage the symptoms.

— BARBARA MCGLAMERY, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

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

I apply principles and techniques of Cognitive Behavior therapy and Dialectical Behavior therapy which focuses on identifying a person's specific behavioral patterns that are leading to ineffective or self-destructive behaviors, negative thought patterns and stuck problems.

— Elizabeth Grady, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

Bipolar Disorder can feel like you're constantly chasing a high that feels good when you have and feels awful when you don't. You may have found yourself in many risky situations lately or not being able to control your tongue when it matters most. This might make you feel "crazy" and out of control. I'd love to partner with you in reducing the highs and lows by creating meaningful moments that bring joy without the pendulum mood swings.

— Abigail Eck, Psychotherapist in Houston, TX

I am fascinated with bipolar disorder. My master's thesis was surrounding the connection between artistic genius and bipolar disorder. I have enjoyed learning the nuances of various bipolar states, including the differences between unipolar and bipolar depression, mixed states, manic agitation, bipolar psychosis, hypomania, and more. I have researched unique ways to approach people with bipolar disorder, because bipolar disorder cannot be treated like any other mental illness.

— Caitlin Miller, Counselor in Chicago, IL

I'm equally passionate about working with clients who have Bipolar disorder. The clients I work with often struggle with low mood, motivation, and energy or with an elevated mood, thoughts of grandiosity, irritability and/or a high sex drive. Maybe you feel yourself dragging a lot of the time and are ready for a change. To curb emotional overwhelm and distress, I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to ease these symptoms. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) incorporates mindfulness to learn emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

— Catharine Pritchard Hawks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Addressing mood dysregulation utilizing an integrated approach.

— Tracy Carmody, Counselor in Baldwinsville, NY

I practice 2 of the most leading treatments for Bipolar Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy. It is critical to point out when treating bipolar disorder that your environment effects your mood and your mood effects your environment. People who struggle with bipolar disorder are especially sensitive to their environment. I will work with you to help you find balance in life.

— Destiny Rattanapichetkul, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Fransisco, CA

I have extensive experience working with the full range of mood disorders and success is supporting a healthy management of mood related symptoms and behaviors. Many people with mood disorders also suffer from complex trauma, known or unknown to them, and/or substance abuse issues. I am well qualified, having extensive specialized trainings and experience, to help.

— Stacy Ruse (Founder), Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

Bipolar Disorder is a Mood disorder that I have had experience with through out my life. Whether you yourself are learning to manage this disorder or someone in your life is, I am able to guide you and teach you safe ways to do so.

— Erika Sharak, Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

I have studied extensively about Bipolar Disorder and have worked with many affected clients. My focus is in mood management. I incorporate many concepts of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) into my treatment approach, which I have found extremely helpful with Bipolar Disorder.

— Jasmeen Miah, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Capitola, CA

We gather a history of your mood and its patterns. I assist you in establishing steady and stable routines, ultimately leading to a more balanced lifestyle, so that you can achieve your goals. I assist you in challenging negative beliefs you may have about yourself, so that you can feel confident and proud. Talk therapy is only one approach to treatment and for clients who would like to explore other forms, I am also versed in art therapy interventions.

— Robyn Tamanaha, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

It can be hard to find the right medication to manage your bipolar. I enjoy working with people to fine tune medications so that you feel well.

— Marisa Bell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner