Living with Bipolar Disorder can feel like a roller-coaster ride that won’t let you off. Have you ever felt like the highs and lows you experience have hijacked your life? Does it seem like these highs and lows are just way more intense that what other people experience? Sometimes your thoughts are racing and you can’t sleep, and other times, you don’t want to get out of bed. Maybe sometimes you feel irritable or agitated and don’t know why. Psychotherapy, and sometimes also medication, can help enormously.
Bipolar disorder is a disorder of the brain that causes extreme changes in mood. These mood swings consist of highs and lows in emotion, energy and how you perceive your life. Bipolar disorder isn’t always to blame for these symptoms, so it’s important to be evaluated by a qualified mental health professional if you’re experiencing them as the right diagnosis is essential to receiving the right treatment.
It Can Feel Like Bipolar Disorder is Controlling Your Life
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of bipolar disorder you may feel like you’ve lost control over your life and don’t know how to get it back. One day you feel great, like you’re on top of the world; you have a lot of energy and feel like you don’t need to sleep. Then suddenly you start feeling depressed. All your energy is gone, and you feel empty and sad. These mood swings often cause problems at school, work, and in your relationships and all you want to do is make them stop.
If these symptoms are new to you, you may not be sure what is happening. If you have been experiencing ups and downs for a while you may recognize when an episode of mania or depression is coming. Millions of Americans (about 2.6%) deal with Bipolar disorder every year (http://www.bipolar-lives.com/bipolar-disorder-statistics.html). Bipolar disorder is often a lifelong illness so it is important to learn how to manage your symptoms. Start feeling like yourself again!
Therapy and Medication Can Help
Mood swings are common. Everyone has times when they feel energetic, just like everyone has times they feel a little down. It’s when you begin to experience these feelings at a heightened and distressing level or they begin to cause problems in your life that you should seek treatment. There is help!
At Stepwell Mental Health and Wellness, our licensed psychologists can help you identify triggers and warning signs of your mood episodes and also teach you ways to manage them so that they’re less intense and don’t last as long. We may also work with you to help you tolerate your emotions better so that they don’t cause as much distress when uncomfortable moods or emotions can’t be avoided. Many people with bipolar disorder also experience anxiety, high stress levels, low self-esteem and a number of other concerns related to their bipolar diagnosis. All of these things are highly manageable with the right therapy approach.
In many cases, because this is a disorder of the brain, medication is also needed. Our board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and, our psychiatric nurse practitioner can provide a thorough assessment and prescribe medication based on your individual situation and needs. At Stepwell Mental Health and Wellness, we will discuss the risks and benefits of taking medication for bipolar disorder and help you find the medication that works best for you with the fewest side effects.
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If you are experiencing bipolar disorder, it may seem like no one can help, but that’s not the case. There are trained mental health professionals who are ready to help you on your journey. If you’re feeling hesitant to reach out, consider the cost of not getting the help you need. Bipolar disorder can affect all areas of your life including work, school, relationships, and your social life. It’s worth your time and energy to seek help if you are concerned that you or a loved one may have bipolar disorder. Schedule an appointment with a specialist today.
Still have questions about treatment for bipolar disorder? We can discuss your specific situation and determine if therapy or medication might benefit you. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation or your first appointment through our secure Client Portal or contact us.