Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. Formally known as manic depression, bipolar is a serious condition that can cause dangerous behavior, including suicidal tendencies. The manic and depressive periods can be brief (hours or days) or last several weeks or even months. Bipolar disorder is typically treated with a combination of therapy and medication. If you are suffering from bipolar disorder (or suspect you might be), contact one of TherapyDen’s specialists to get help today.

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Feeling like your emotions are not in your control is very scary.

— Sonia Kersevich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenbelt, MD

Bipolar mood swings can be frightening. One week you may feel depressed, unmotivated even suicidal. Then you surge into a whirlwind of high energy, racing thoughts, sleeplessness, and maybe you do things that you feel embarrassed about later, when you come down from the emotional high. And this leads to more depression, shame and guilt. It's exhausting! There's hope. People with bipolar disorder lead healthy, productive lives with proper diagnosis and treatment.

— Celia Tatman, Counselor

Living with Bipolar and other Mood Disorders can feel like riding a rollercoaster. There are ups and downs and adjusting can be difficult. I seek to provide clients with the ability to have compassion for themselves as they go through this experience. It is important for people who have a genetic predisposition to these conditions to realize that it is not their fault, and to be supported by the people that surround them. I work to make my clients feel grounded and in control of their lives.

— Lisa Cotey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. Because of this, I have done extensive research on the disorder and I have firsthand knowledge of what it is like to live with it. I feel that I have a greater capacity for empathy and understanding for my clients who live with this disorder than perhaps others might. If you or someone you love lives with bipolar disorder, I would love to walk alongside you in your healing journey.

— Melissa Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Pearland, TX

I have speciality training with mood disorders. I offer the latest interventions including application of neuroscience techniques to manage symptoms. I help patients manage the roller-coaster of emotions that occur with mood disorders as well teach strategies to live a more balanced life. Particular strategies include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to manage emotions and education about the diagnosis.

— Joyce Fusek, Psychologist in ,

Bipolar disorder can lead to abrupt mood shifts that can be difficult to manage and lead to impulsive choices, psychosis, challenged relationships, etc. There are therapeutic techniques we can engage in together to help bring about increased awareness of how lifestyle and mood are intertwined for you personally and identify areas for adjustment. Through processing in therapy, we can work together toward a greater sense of balance - both internally and externally.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

In addition to medication management, helping client's increase mindful awareness of their moment-to-moment thoughts, feelings, and internal sensations, as well as deviations, is key to successfully managing the bipolar experience. Using a variety of DBT and ACT skills, I can help you overcome the overwhelm with effective skills-based coping and support. Commonly, many people working with bipolar symptoms also have significant trauma histories that we can also address with EMDR and IFS therapy.

— Cameron Lewis, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Redmond, WA

Bipolar disorder is treatable and more manageable than some may think. Understanding triggers and identifying warning signs can be key to success. Working with a mental health professional can help guide that self awareness train and promote healthy coping skills in order to encouraging living one's best life.

— Kellie A. Ebberup-Krug, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Full self-disclosure - I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder type I when I was a late teenager. I have made it a point to work with people struggling with any of the cyclothymic disorders from a place of empathy and compassion. Medication issues and options are always open for discussion. I bring a wealth of personal and professional information to the table, and believe that treatment options are very much personal choice and responsibility, despite what many doctors seem to believe.

— Alyxx Berg, Licensed Mental Health Counselor