Struggling with bipolar disorder can feel like your moods are riding a rollercoaster. It is a mental health condition where you swing from extreme highs (mania) and extreme lows (depression). In manic phases, you may feel on top of the world, energized, inspired, and experience racing thoughts. Then, a depressed phase can hit, which can feel like the complete opposite: a general disinterest in life, zero motivation, and a feeling of exhaustion. And, although the terms are often incorrectly used interchangeably, there are differences between bipolar I and bipolar II. People with bipolar I experience both depressive and hypomanic episodes, and while people with bipolar II experience the same depressive episodes, they also experience hypomanic episodes that are less intense and last for shorter amounts of time. What causes bipolar disorder? The answer to this is a bit complex, but it can be simplified to a mix of genetics, brain chemistry, and life events.
How Can Bipolar Disorder Effect Your Life?
During manic episodes, you may make impulsive decisions and engage in risky behaviors, which can strain relationships and cause financial or legal troubles. On the other hand, depressive episodes can leave you feeling utterly drained of energy and hopeless about your life, which affects your ability to be productive and take care of daily responsibilities—even eating meals and practicing personal hygiene. The unpredictability of these mood shifts can lead to loved ones struggling to understand and adapt to your moods and behaviors. Overall, bipolar disorder poses a severe challenge to functionality and productivity, but therapy can help.
How Can Therapy Help?
Therapy can provide you with a non-judgemental space to delve into what you are struggling with and develop personalized coping strategies. Therapy is not about changing who you are, but rather about helping you find stability and balance in your life.
What To Expect in Therapy Sessions
Together, we will work on creating a wellness plan that will empower you to manage the ups and downs of bipolar disorder. I can help you identify potential triggers for mood swings, make informed decisions, strengthen your relationships with those affected by your disorder, and build resilience, ultimately supporting you in leading a more harmonious life.
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