ABOUT BIPOLAR DISORDER THERAPY
We all have ups and downs, but if your highs and lows seem more extreme than most people, you may want to explore if there’s something underlying going on, especially if your sleep and appetite are affected. People who experience bipolar disorder may have trouble dealing with everyday activities such as managing school or work, and relationships. Possible causes of bipolar disorder include genetics and environmental factors, relating to a combination of factors that may cause the disorder. Many people don’t realize there are several types of bipolar disorders, some less severe than others
All of the disorders are characterized periods of depressive symptoms alternating with periods of manic or hypomanic symptoms. Cyclothymia is similar to bipolar disorder, but the symptoms are less severe. Manic-depression is another term for bipolar disorder. Please see the depression page for more information on symptoms of depression. To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, an episode period of mania or hypomania must be experienced. During this time, you may feel highly energized. Through treatment techniques such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, we can help take the correct direction in forming lifestyle changes than can allow you to manage bipolar disorder.
BIPOLAR DISORDER SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of a manic or hypomanic episode are as follows:
- Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
- More talkative than usual
- Racing thoughts
- Decreased need for sleep (feeling rested after only a few hours of sleep)
- Increase in goal-directed activity (socially, at work or school, or sexually)
- Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g. unrestrained buying sprees or sexual indiscretions)
Please keep in mind that only a trained therapist is qualified to diagnose these disorders, but if you are experiencing symptoms you should contact a therapist as soon as possible.