Bipolar Disorder

Counseling For Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition that creates mood swings, often between manic states and depression. 

The causes of bipolar disorder vary from person to person. Bipolar disorder may cause changes in thinking, behavior, and sleep. 

The situation creates irritability, anger, hypervigilance, feelings of anxiousness, and other conditions that become unbearable for many.

Bipolar Disorder I

Bipolar I and bipolar II are two different types of this disorder. In bipolar I condition, there will be a major manic episode that may require hospitalization.

Manic episodes may include:

Bipolar Disorder II

In people experiencing bipolar II, there will be major depressive episodes that last weeks and hypomania or mania that is moderate or mild.

A depressive episode may include:

According to the National Institute of Health, 4.4 percent of the population experience bipolar disorder in their life, usually diagnosed after age 18.

How Treatment for Bipolar Disorder Can Help

Psychotherapy, together with medication, is found to be more effective for bipolar disorder, and in most cases, long-term treatment is necessary. 

In addition, psychotherapy is more effective in helping people to keep up with occupational functioning, such as work and family. 

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) can be effective with people

learning to reframe their irrational thoughts due to mood swings. 

Therapy helps the client learn coping skills to overcome challenges in their daily life and relationships with others. CBT helps identify triggers and unhealthy and harmful beliefs and replaces them with healthy and positive ones. Depending on their circumstances, psychoeducation and family-focused therapy are also valuable for clients.

Additional in-office and telehealth therapy services at Central West Counseling in Spring Hill, FL include: