People with bipolar disorder often go through two phases (though depending on the type, one phase may not occur as frequently as the other). The two phases are a manic episode and a depressive episode. Each may last from weeks to months or even years. There are also times when an individual may not be in either of these states.
The manic phase typically involves a high level of energy and activity. The person often will not sleep and feels the need to keep active and moving. This can include cleaning, driving around town late at night, and going for strenuous, long runs. They can also become involved in high risk behaviors.
The depressive phase shares many symptoms with depression. A person may become tired and lethargic as well as feel sadness, worry, and empty. In this phase, the person can feel that they have lost the ability to have fun or enjoy anything in life.
Counseling can be an integral part to the treatment of bipolar disorder. Counselors help guide a person through their mood swings and how to cope when they feel manic or depressed. Each person is different, and therapy will help the person with their specific symptoms.
We recognize that some individuals do benefit from medication to manage mental health needs, and we can help to monitor medications. If at any time, concerns become so great that we feel medication would be helpful, we can help you through that process.
For counseling/therapy for bipolar disorder in the O'fallon/Dardenne Prairie area, call us today for an appointment.