Bipolar disorder is more common than people may think. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 2.8% of adults in the United States have had bipolar disorder in the past year. It affects people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender or cultural background. If you have bipolar disorder or wonder if you might, we can help you figure out what you need to feel supported and heard, find stability, and maintain your overall well-being.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition accompanied by extreme shifts in mood, energy and activity. People with bipolar disorder experience periods of intense emotional highs, known as manic episodes, and periods of deep sadness or hopelessness, known as depressive episodes. These episodes can vary in duration and severity, and the frequency of mood swings can also vary from person to person.
This complex disorder is often misunderstood, leading to stigma and often shame. Bipolar disorder is not just mood swings. It’s a chronic and serious mental health condition that can majorly affect a person’s daily life, relationships and overall functioning. But with the right treatment and supports, many folks with bipolar disorder can find healthy ways to manage their lives and be happy.
By focusing on emotional regulation, crisis management and general lifestyle improvements, we can help you learn skills and get support to better manage your life. A bipolar disorder specialist can help you delve into the root causes of your stress and find ways to reduce them as well as help you build a life that is both filled with accomplishment and that fits your own unique needs.
Some ways we can help:
Medication is often prescribed to help stabilize mood and manage symptoms of bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists specializing in bipolar disorder can carefully evaluate and prescribe appropriate medications tailored to each person’s needs. They work closely with patients to monitor the effectiveness of medication and make any necessary adjustments.
Psychoeducation plays a crucial role in bipolar disorder therapy. It involves providing people with bipolar disorder and their families with information about the condition, including its causes, symptoms and treatment options. By understanding bipolar disorder, people can better manage their symptoms, recognize warning signs, and make informed decisions regarding their treatment.
CBT is a widely used therapeutic approach for bipolar disorder, focusing on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to mood instability. CBT helps individuals develop healthier coping strategies, manage stress, regulate emotions and improve problem-solving skills.
Family-focused therapy involves the participation of family members in the treatment process. It can help improve communication, reduce conflict and educate family members about bipolar disorder. This therapy helps create a supportive and understanding environment at home, which can significantly contribute to the well-being of people with bipolar disorder.
Our compassionate team understands the unique challenges of bipolar disorder. We draw upon a variety of tools and methods to help you feel more supported, stable and happy. Some ways our team at Best Therapies can support you:
Bipolar disorder therapists have specialized knowledge and experience in working with people with bipolar disorder. They’re familiar with the complexities of the condition and can provide tailored strategies and interventions to address specific symptoms and challenges.
A bipolar disorder specialist will thoroughly assess your symptoms, triggers and personal circumstances. This assessment helps them to create a personalized treatment plan for your unique needs and goals, whether you’re recently diagnosed or an old pro.
A therapist will actively involve you in your treatment and take into account specific symptoms and your lifestyle, personal goals and preferences when designing a treatment plan so you have an effective, supportive and satisfying experience. We encourage open communication, feedback and ongoing evaluation to ensure you’re getting what you need.
Our therapists address your overall well-being. Factors such as sleep, exercise, nutrition, relationships, stress management, and self-care play a significant role in managing symptoms and promoting stability. We can provide guidance and support in developing healthy lifestyle habits and building resilience.
We want you to be an active participant in your own care. Our therapists can help you develop self-awareness, learn effective coping strategies, and cultivate skills to manage your condition more effectively. We aim to foster a sense of control, resilience and self-advocacy, enabling you to lead a fulfilling life.
Living with bipolar disorder can be accompanied by feelings of shame, stigma and isolation. Best Therapies creates a nonjudgmental space, with therapists who are compassionate, empathetic and well-versed in working with individuals with bipolar disorder. They want you to feel heard, validated and supported throughout your therapeutic journey.
If you want to learn more about how Best Therapies can help you or someone you know with bipolar disorder, reach out today.
If you have been looking to find a therapist for bipolar disorder, good luck; you’re already here! We have several specialists in bipolar and emotional regulation at our practice. If you’re not sure if you have the diagnosis of bipolar, but you suspect you have some of the symptoms, Best Therapies is a great place to start. We can help assess and diagnose you and ensure you get the necessary care.
Most patients with bipolar disorder benefit from talk therapy plus medication. So, seeing a psychiatrist with your treatment can be very helpful. Many treatments have been effective. The most common ones in our practice include cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectic behavioral therapy.
It entirely depends upon the individual. For most people with bipolar disorder, regular maintenance therapy for a while is an excellent idea, particularly emphasizing work around emotional regulation, managing triggers, and maintenance of this chronic disorder. Developing a good set of routines, skills around managing emotion, and interpersonal skills for dealing with others are important. Also, talking to trusted friends and family about your diagnosis or how best to manage it can help.
CBT is highly effective for cognitive behavior. Treating a person with bipolar through CBT frequently will include the components of educating the person about their illness, talking through how best to utilize skills in various areas of their life to improve their happiness, their satisfaction, and their day-to-day functioning, and working on building up some consistency and regularity in their day to day life.
Many anxious individuals with mental disorders may experience a range of symptoms. Some of these symptoms can be concerning, and it’s important to have support available. Seeking treatment is crucial to ensure people get the help they need for their well-being.
For a proper diagnosis, it’s essential to see a professional. Our therapists can diagnose you and guide you through the treatment process. They may also refer you to a psychiatrist for further assistance. However, bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed through blood tests or MRI scans. It requires an in-person or remote examination with a therapist who can provide guidance and support. They can also help you find resources for substance abuse if needed.