Bipolar Disorder Therapy

Bipolar Disorder, formally called Manic Depressive Illness, can be a very challenging diagnosis to live with if untreated. Having an unstable mood and no prediction of what might trigger a change, is frustrating and defeating. Frequently, family members, friends and coworkers don’t understand this diagnosis and become impatient with the individual diagnosed with this disorder. Bipolar Disorder is a brain and behavior disorder characterized by severe shifts in a person's mood and energy. Serenity Counseling Center can help with Bipolar Disorder Therapy services in person in Fort Myers or throughout Florida through Online therapy

More than 5.7 million American adults or 2.6 percent of the population age 18 or older have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Symptoms typically start in late adolescence or early adulthood, although it can show up in children and in older adults. People often live with the disorder without having it properly diagnosed and treated. (bbrfoundation.org, 2017)


Mania Episode Signs and Symptoms:                         

Bipolar Disorder Therapy in Fort Myers, Florida with Serenity Counseling Center


Increased energy, activity, restlessness

Euphoric mood

Extreme irritability

Poor concentration

Racing thoughts, fast talking, jumping between ideas

Sleeplessness

Heightened sense of self-importance

Spending sprees

Increased sexual behavior

Abuse of drugs, such as cocaine, alcohol and sleeping medications

Provocative, intrusive or aggressive behavior

Denial that anything is wrong


Depressive Episode Signs:


Sad, anxious or empty-feeling mood

Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and helplessness

Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed, including sex

Decreased energy, fatigue

Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions

Restlessness and irritability

Sleeplessness or sleeping too much

Change in appetite, unintended weight loss or gain

Bodily symptoms not caused by physical illness or injury

Thoughts of death or suicide


Ready to take Next Steps for Bipolar Disorder Therapy?

In sessions your counselor will work with you on identifying triggers, learning to be more balanced and mindful, changing thoughts and behaviors; along with evaluating family/relationship dynamics, sleep patterns, diet, exercise, support and self-care. The best treatment for this diagnosis is therapy and medication combined. Through proper treatment it is possible to live a healthy and happy life after being diagnosed.

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