While all people experience periods of happiness and sadness, with Bipolar Disorder, the ups and downs are more extreme. Living with Bipolar Disorder can be overwhelming. The condition can impact not only your mental well-being, but also your work or school performance, sleep, eating habits, energy levels, and relationships. We aim to provide you with support, guidance, and practical tools to help you manage your Bipolar symptoms and live a healthy and fulfilling life.
While all people experience periods of happiness and sadness, with Bipolar Disorder, the ups and downs are more extreme. Living with Bipolar Disorder can be overwhelming. The condition can impact not only your mental well-being, but also your work or school performance, sleep, eating habits, energy levels, and relationships. Our goal is to provide you with support, guidance, and practical tools to help you manage your Bipolar symptoms and live a healthy and fulfilling life.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. These shifts can range from manic episodes (feeling extremely high or euphoric) to depressive episodes (feeling extremely low or sad). The severity and frequency of episodes can vary, and individuals with Bipolar Disorder often experience periods of stability between episodes.
There are multiple types and even subtypes of Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar 1 is charactarized by manic episodes that may be accompanied by hypomanic or depressive episodes. Bipolar 2 is characterized by manic and depressive episodes. For both Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2, most people return to neutral functioning in between episodes. Cyclothymic Disorder is a milder form of bipolar disorder characterized by hypomania and depressive symptoms. Finally, Unspecified Bipolar Disorder does meet the criteria of the aforementioned types of bipolar disorder, but is still characterized by episodes of mania. Fash Counseling counselors are have experience working with clients who have bipolar disorder, and can help you understand the differences and nuances between the different types if you have questions.
Counseling for Bipolar Disorder
Counseling has been proven effective in managing Bipolar Disorder symptoms. Through counseling, you can develop coping strategies, improve mood stability, and reduce the impact of Bipolar Disorder on your daily life. Fash Counseling uses evidence-based counseling techniques, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Humanistic therapy.
At your first counseling session, your therapist will conduct an assessment to determine your symptoms, triggers, and goals for therapy. Counseling is a collaborative process, and your therapist will work with you to develop skills and strategies to manage your Bipolar symptoms.
Some of the benefits of counseling may include:
- Gaining a deeper understanding of your Bipolar symptoms and triggers
- Learning healthy coping strategies to manage symptoms and manage stress and anxiety
- Improving relationships with family and friends
- Increasing self-awareness and self-esteem
- Reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness
Strategies to Improve Bipolar Disorder Symptoms
In addition to counseling, there following strategies have been shown to improve Bipolar Disorder symptoms:
- Establishing a regular sleep routine
- Creating a schedule for daily activities
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol
- Engaging in regular exercise and physical activity
- Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga
- Connecting with friends and family for support and social connection
- Seeking professional help if you experience suicidal thoughts or behaviors
Bipolar Disorder can be a challenging and isolating experience, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. Whether you are experiencing mild or severe symptoms, we are here to provide you with the tools and support you need to manage your Bipolar symptoms and improve your quality of life. Don't hesitate to reach out to us today to learn more about our services. We understand that Bipolar Disorder can be a stigmatized condition, and want to assure you that we care deeply about your privacy and dignity.