What is bipolar disorder?

Previously known as manic depression, people suffering from bipolar disorder experience swings between extreme low and extreme high moods, with some sufferers never experiencing ‘normal’ mood. If you experience periods where you feel very low and lacking in energy (depression) alternated with periods of overactivity and feelings of euphoria (mania), each of which can last several weeks, you may be suffering from bipolar disorder.

Common symptoms of depressed phase include:

• Sadness
• Uncontrollable crying
• Anxiety
• Loss of interest or enjoyment in activities
• Withdrawal from family and friends
• Excessive guilt
• Suicidal thoughts and urges

Common symptoms of manic phase include:

• Increased energy
• Unusual talkativeness
• Racing thoughts
• Little need for sleep
• Inflated self esteem
• Spending sprees

Bipolar disorder can be classed bipolar I (manic episodes) or bipolar II (hypomanic episodes). The main difference between mania and hypomania is the severity of the manic phase.
If you feel that the above applies to you, therapy in combination with medication can hugely improve your day to day functioning and quality of life.

Which therapies might help?

Cognitive behavioural therapy can help a person cope with bipolar symptoms and learn to recognise when a mood shift is about to occur. CBT can also help someone with bipolar disorder stick to a treatment plan to reduce the chances of relapse.

Our highly specialist team at My Online Therapy are experienced in delivering CBT for individuals suffering with bipolar disorder