Bipolar Disorder Therapy in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor, CO

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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If you or someone you know would benefit from bipolar disorder therapy, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.

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Fort Collins - Foundations Counseling LLCFort Collins, CO 80525
Heather & Garth
My husband and I are very pleased with our counselor, Seth Spurgeon, and feel like our sessions are effective in improving our marraige and family issues. I do wish sessions were more affordable.
February 16th, 2020 a 09:30 AM
Loveland - Foundations Counseling LLCLoveland, CO 80538
Kimberly
November 22nd, 2019 a 09:31 AM
Loveland - Foundations Counseling LLCLoveland, CO 80538
John
Very easy to arrange for a preliminary free consultation. Staff at Loveland office are friendly and professional. It is a safe and non-threatening place to talk and receive actionable advice and counseling for a wide range of personal issues. Sessions do cost a bit but are well worth it in the long run! I always take away a positive idea or action plan after each session with my Councellor. Highly recommended!!!!
November 21st, 2019 a 06:18 PM
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