Bipolar disorder is a mental condition resulting in either heights of hyperactivity and energy, to rage and depression.
Being diagnosed with Bipolar means your emotions are far more extreme than anyone else you may know. It can be difficult to regulate and control their emotions if you do not fully understand why you feel the way you do.
Bipolar episodes, manic episodes, can last for days or even weeks.
Because of this drastic scale of emotions, you are more likely to also suffer from suicidal thoughts, therefore once you do understand that your emotions are related to bipolar, it is vital that you seek professional help and guidance.
If you are having any suicidal thoughts, The Samaritans (116 123) are available to talk to you any time of day and welcome your call.
Bipolar can also cause mania, or manic episodes. As you struggle to regulate your emotions, they can build into extreme forms of either:
- Depression and suicidal thoughts or idealisation
- Extreme highs of motivation with little foresight
What causes Bipolar Disorder?
There is no one specific cause of Bipolar. In most cases, once diagnosed with the disorder it follows either:
- A drastic change in your life or lifestyle
- An overwhelming increase in stress
- A history of mental health issues in your family
How can therapy help?
Talking counselling is one of several forms of treatment for Bipolar disorder. Counselling is advised to be taken regularly alongside consistent visits to you doctor and in some cases, prescription medication as well.
Alongside this combination of treatments, counselling offers a grounding to your thoughts, feelings and actions.
You are given tools to recognise triggers and also guidance on what to do to avoid exacerbating those feelings.
As you continue counselling, you can then come to an understanding of how you think and react in the world in order to live a balanced life. This understanding will also give you a sense of control over the disorder, rather than allowing it to control your life.
How Therapy in London can help.
Bipolar creates a unique outlook in which you see the world. And so your therapeutic space is for you to explore all of your thoughts without judgment or fear.
Even though bipolar might feel like a weight in your life, it doesn’t need to be stiffled. What our practitioners want to do is work with you to learn from those heightened emotions.
Once you are able to accept and understand all of those feelings, you are then able to be whoever you want to be and find real happiness in your life, just like anyone else.
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