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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder


As a therapist, I care deeply about providing a safe, non-judgmental space for reflection, honesty, and vulnerability. With my style of therapy, the aim is to help people overcome obstacles and self-imposed barriers they may face so that they can flourish in their personal lives. I utilize a multi-faceted approach that includes various types of therapeutic interventions including cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, person-first, solution-focused, and direct reality-based psychodynamic style.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms, Signs, Definition, & Treatments

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness or manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be divided into two categories: mania and depression. Mania is characterized by increased energy, euphoria, and decreased need for sleep. Depression is characterized by low energy, feelings of sadness and hopelessness, and an increased need for sleep.

How Does Bipolar Disorder Impact Everyday Life?

Bipolar disorder can have a significant impact on every aspect of a person's life. It can interfere with work, school, and personal relationships. It can also lead to financial problems and substance abuse. People with bipolar disorder may experience extreme mood swings that can cause them to behave in ways that are out of character. This can be difficult for friends and family members to deal with.

Bipolar disorder can also lead to difficulties in other areas of life, such as finances and relationships. People with bipolar disorder may struggle to keep up with bills or may struggle to maintain healthy relationships due to their condition.

What Treatment Options Exist for Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder can be treated with medication and psychotherapy. Medications used to treat bipolar disorder include Mood Stabilizers (such as Lithium) and Antidepressants (such as SSRIs). Psychotherapy can be used to help patients understand and cope with their illness(es).

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, please seek professional help by contacting Matt McTeague today. Matt works with his patients to help them address their issues and develop a plan for moving forward toward a healthier future.

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