Bipolar Disorder Therapy

Foundations Counseling offers bipolar disorder therapy and counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor. Bipolar disorder is a treatable illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy, and behavior.

Bipolar disorder affects more than two million adult Americans. It usually begins in late adolescence, often appearing as depression during the teen years, although it can start in early childhood or later in life. Bipolar disorder appears to have a genetic link. Like depression and other serious illnesses, it can also negatively affect spouses, partners, family members, friends, and coworkers. Bipolar disorder therapy can help people learn to cope with this illness.

The patterns and severity of the symptoms of highs and lows differentiate the types of the condition. Bipolar I disorder is characterized by one or more manic episodes or mixed episodes (symptoms of both mania and depression occurring nearly every day for at least one week) and one or more major depressive episodes. Bipolar I disorder is the most severe form of the illness, marked by extreme manic episodes. It is characterized by dramatic, clearly defined highs and lows.

Bipolar II disorder is characterized by one or more depressive episodes accompanied by at least one hypomanic episode, which has symptoms similar to a manic episode but is less severe, and must be clearly different from a person’s non-depressed mood. It is characterized by subtle variations of mood: predominant depression, with brief periods (two to seven days) of feeling excessively energetic, impulsive, talkative, and impatient. Bipolar II disorder often tends to be less severe than bipolar I disorder, and therefore, it can be more difficult to diagnose.

Cyclothymic disorder is characterized by chronic fluctuating moods with periods of hypomania and depression. The periods of both depressive and hypomanic symptoms are shorter, less severe, and do not occur with regularity as experienced with bipolar I or II. However, these mood swings can impair an individual’s social interactions and work. Many people with cyclothymia develop a more severe form of bipolar illness.

What You Can Expect with Bipolar Disorder Therapy

Foundations Counseling offers bipolar disorder therapy in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor. With bipolar counseling, you can learn to better manage your mood fluctuations.

Bipolar treatment involves utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. CBT is a structured, conscious method that aims to help a person recognize negative thoughts and behavior patterns, and to change them. We can help you learn how to recognize manic episodes before they become full-blown and teach you to change behaviors during an episode. In addition, we’ll help you learn how to endure depression by developing behaviors and thoughts that may help offset the negative mood. It is very important that partners, family members, or both, be involved in bipolar disorder therapy to help them learn how to accept the condition.

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