Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is often misunderstood by those who have no affiliation with this mood disorder; however for those living with Bipolar Disorder it is a daily conflict with extreme mood swings that can range from a euphoric high to a painfully low feeling of emotion. Many people confuse Bipolar Disorder with Depression. Those suffering from Depression differ from Bipolar Disorder. To be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder you must experience both Bipolar Depression as well as experience Mania or Hypomania, which are periods of extreme highs that lead a person to be overly talkative, impressive and have an unusual abundance of energy.

Some of the symptoms of bipolar depression include

  • Sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Losing interest in things and activities you once enjoyed
  • Being overcome by feelings of guilt, failure, and hopelessness
  • Becoming sad and unable to concentrate, remember things, or even make simple decisions
  • Experiencing physiological changes like differences in appetite or weight, energy levels, and sleep schedules
  • Possibly thinking about death or suicide, in extreme cases

Symptoms of bipolar mania include

  • Feeling unusually great and launching into several new projects at once
  • Sleeping a lot less, acting more fidgety, and talking much more
  • Mixing up thoughts and being easily distracted
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Going to extremes sexually, financially, and socially
  • Racing thoughts

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Many people with bipolar disorder are able to manage their symptoms. Feeling better often involves a combination of education, medication, and therapy. Learning about Bipolar Disorder can help a person to learn coping techniques and better understand how to live with Bipolar Disorder and how psychotherapy in conjunction with medicine can result in improved mental health and well-being. Talk Therapy or Psychotherapy is a beneficial tool for treating Bipolar Disorder. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, past trauma, career difficulties, and life and spiritual crises can all be effectively improved with psychotherapy. Many types of medications are used effectively to treat bipolar disorder. A health care professional can work with those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and develop a treatment plan specifically for them, it's important to follow the plan carefully. Speaking to your health care professional informs him or her about exactly how you are feeling can adjust your treatment adjusted, if needed for maximum benefit.

Some of the goals of bipolar disorder treatment

  • Reduce symptoms of depressive episodes
  • Reduce symptoms of manic episodes
  • Reduce the likelihood of future episodes/relapse
  • Reduce the severity of the disease
  • Provide assistance and support to patients and family

Dr. Lisa Saponaro specializes in individual, couples and family psychotherapy and psychological testing. With over twelve years of experience as a mental health practitioner she incoporates techniques that have been proven to be effective with specific issues such as Bipolar Disorder. She maintains a private practice in her home town of Plantation, Florida providing people from multiple areas of Southern Florida with professional therapy services.

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