Bipolar

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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Over the past 7 years, I have gathered extensive knowledge and experience working with teens and adults struggling with Bipolar Disorder in a variety of settings from outpatient to intensive residential treatment facilities. I have seen people struggle but I have also seen people live awesome, fun, with amazing sleep schedules and workout habits, lives because therapy and the right medication changed their lives. Wellness is often neglected and thought of as a secondary goal to stability.

— Lucia Fernandez, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami Beach, FL

I have worked with many clients recently diagnosed with bipolar, and I also work with clients that are experiencing a manic or depressive episode. Bipolar can disrupt life and cause chaos and suffering. My goal in working with clients is to help them understand what bipolar looks like in their life. Just because you are diagnosed as bipolar it does not have to define your life. You are more than your diagnosis.

— Cori Ross, Therapist in Alpharetta, GA
 

I have worked with people with Bipolar Disorders for 3 years and believe a collaborative approach towards a treatment plan works best.

— Samantha Fitzgerald, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I have a strong interest and background working with people with bipolar disorder. I do so under the recommendations of the APA which is to offer weekly therapy in combination with medications. Because I am working online, I may refer some clients with severe cases to in person therapy. This is to provide them with the best protection possible.

— Patricia Ellis Christensen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

If you have experienced feeling hijacked by extreme mental or emotional states, and notice periods of checking out or experiencing other dissociative symptoms, a trauma-informed, healing-centered approach to Internal Family Systems can help you increase curiosity and compassion that are necessary for insight. It is possible to be more aware and attuned to what is going on inside without feeling overwhelmed, and to experience relief and ease.

— Marisa Lindsey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berlin, CT

With a focus on Bipolar Disorder, I bring a nuanced understanding of the complexities associated with mood dysregulation. My expertise lies in conducting thorough evaluations, formulating personalized treatment plans, and providing ongoing support for individuals with bipolar I and II disorders. I am well-versed in the use of mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and psychoeducation to manage mood episodes effectively.

— Davonna Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
 

I have a strong interest and background working with people with bipolar disorder. I do so under the recommendations of the APA which is to offer weekly therapy in combination with medications. Because I am working online, I may refer some clients with severe cases to in person therapy. This is to provide them with the best protection possible.

— Patricia Ellis Christensen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). These mood swings can affect energy levels, activity, sleep, judgment, behavior, and the ability to think clearly. Symptoms include elevated mood, increased energy, decreased need for sleep, irritability, inflated self esteem, rapid speech, risky behaviors, impulsivity and poor judgement.

— Perry Bishop, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dripping Springs, TX
 

Working with Bipolar clients for 7 years

— Amanda Miller-Hodges, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Grandmother on my mom’s side was Bipolar and so am I. I was on medications for several years until I did enough therapy to where I felt completely comfortable being medication free. DBT + combination with a lot of lifestyle changes and adjustments to my circadian rhythm have made it easier to navigate the waves.

— Steven Wright, Clinical Social Worker in Georgetown, TX
 

Psychotherapy and psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy are all effective in supporting those living with Bipolar Disorder. Modalities I use include functional remediation and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

— Fightress Aaron, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montgomery, AL

I have read extensively on the most recent evidence based treatment for bipolar disorder. I have lived experience with a family member who has a bipolar diagnosis and have utilized ACT and Narrative therapies with clients experiencing Bipolar depression.

— Carol Thomson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate
 

Bipolar can be treated with several therapies. Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy uses tracking, social interaction, and circadian rhythms to keep you stable. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be really effective for depression. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) can help resolve any trauma, such as hospitalizations and embarrassing memories. Mindfulness and education round out the treatment.

— Anna Khandrueva, Therapist in Broomfield, CO

Bipolar experiences of depression and manic/hypomanic symptoms can feel overwhelming and extreme. In therapy, we can address symptom management and work toward integration and processing of the events, emotions, or traumas underlying the symptoms.

— Kaitlyn Ferry, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Indianapolis, IN
 

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). These mood swings can affect energy levels, activity, sleep, judgment, behavior, and the ability to think clearly. Symptoms include elevated mood, increased energy, decreased need for sleep, irritability, inflated self esteem, rapid speech, risky behaviors, impulsivity and poor judgement.

— Perry Bishop, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dripping Springs, TX

I have spent the last three years working specifically with adults with severe mental illness including bipolar disorders in varying stages of recovery. I also have lived experience with bipolar disorder that I can draw from when it is helpful to relate, while also recognizing that everyone's experience is unique.

— Nick Vaske, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

Living with bipolar may not always be an easy think to do however I am able to help manage symptoms to make sure they are not controlling your life. I am able to offer tools and coping skills to help live the life you want.

— Kristin Jones, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilmington, NC

Psychotherapy and psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy are all effective in supporting those living with Bipolar Disorder. Modalities I use include functional remediation and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

— Fightress Aaron, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montgomery, AL
 

I spent the majority of my education exploring bipolar disorder. My master's thesis was on the connection between artistic genius and bipolar disorder. I can offer bipolar clients a nuanced understanding of their symptoms, and the multitude of ways bipolar can interact with their life and identity. Many of my clients who identify as bipolar have intersecting creative talents and/or exceptional abilities that sometimes dance with the various mood states of bipolar.

— Caitlin Miller, Counselor in Chicago, IL