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Let’s Navigate Your Bipolar Disorder Together

While everyone experiences ebbs and flows on their emotional journey, living with bipolar disorder can make it difficult to find emotional stability in your life. Like the waves, your emotions can reach intense highs causing racing thoughts, impulsiveness, restlessness, and a seemingly endless surge of energy until they ultimately come crashing down, leaving you feeling depressed, hopeless, fatigued, and disinterested in activities you once enjoyed. 

Bipolar disorder can have profound effects on your daily life, but our compassionate therapists are here to guide you to solid ground. With cognitive-behavioral techniques and other therapeutic approaches, our skilled therapists work alongside you to understand the complexities of bipolar disorder and empower you to lead a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Therapy for Bipolar Disorder in Chicago: What to Expect

The ups and downs of bipolar disorder can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face these waves alone. At Tides Mental Health, we offer specialized therapy services in Chicago designed to provide compassionate support and expert guidance on your journey towards managing bipolar disorder. Take the first step toward healing today.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a complex and chronic mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings that can range from manic highs to depressive lows. During manic episodes, individuals may feel overly energetic, euphoric, and have an increased need for sleep. On the other hand, depressive episodes can lead to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities. These mood shifts can significantly impact daily life, relationships, and overall well-being. Understanding the symptoms and patterns of bipolar disorder is crucial in seeking the right support and treatment.

The Impact of Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, as the frequent shifts between mania and depression can disrupt your work, school, and personal relationships. In both manic and depressive stages, symptoms can become so intense that hospitalization is used as a temporary measure to help stabilize emotions and ensure the individual’s safety.

In manic stages, you may engage in impulsive or risky behaviors that cause accidents, injuries, or harm to yourself or others. In some cases, manic episodes can escalate to a point where you may experience psychosis and lose touch with reality.  

When experiencing depressive episodes, you may find it difficult to get through your day and feel like you have no energy to carry out even simple tasks. This can cause issues with work, impeding your productivity and concentration. You may also have overwhelming feelings of worthlessness and sadness, which can lead to substance abuse, self-harming, or suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

When to Seek Help for Bipolar Disorder

If you or someone you know is experiencing persistent mood swings, extreme highs and lows, or disruptions in daily functioning, we highly recommend you reach out for professional help. Recognizing the signs of bipolar disorder early on and seeking treatment can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life. If you notice sudden changes in mood, energy, or behavior that seem out of character, reach out to a mental health professional for an assessment. Taking the initiative to seek help is a courageous step towards managing bipolar disorder and achieving emotional stability.

How a Therapist Can Help

Therapy plays a vital role in managing bipolar disorder and helping individuals lead fulfilling lives. Our skilled therapists at Tides Mental Health are trained in evidence-based approaches to treat bipolar disorder. Through individualized therapy sessions, they work collaboratively with clients to identify triggers, explore thought patterns, and develop coping strategies to navigate both manic and depressive episodes.

Therapists may use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address negative thought patterns and behaviors, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) to stabilize daily routines, and Family Therapy to foster supportive environments. Psychiatric medications, such as mood stabilizers, may also be a recommended part of your treatment plan. With guidance from an expert therapist, you can gain insight into your condition, develop resilience, and experience a sense of empowerment over your emotions.

The Role of Support Systems

Living with bipolar disorder can be overwhelming, but having a strong support system can make a significant difference. Family, friends, and loved ones play a crucial role in providing emotional support, understanding, and encouragement throughout your healing journey. Involving members of your support system in therapy sessions can help family and friends to better understand the challenges of bipolar disorder and learn effective ways to assist you.

Additionally, support groups can offer a safe space for individuals with bipolar disorder to connect with others who share similar experiences. At Tides Mental Health, we value the power of support systems and actively involve them in the therapeutic process to foster an environment of understanding and healing.

The Benefits of Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

With treatment, people living with bipolar disorder can often stabilize mood swings, reduce the frequency and intensity of manic and depressive episodes, and gain a great sense of control over emotions and daily life. You will be able to more effectively work and manage daily responsibilities, cope with difficult situations, maintain healthy relationships, improve your confidence and self-esteem, and reduce impulsive behaviors.

Reach a Calmer Horizon With Tides Mental Health

Personalized Care

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Convenient Care

We offer telehealth and in-person therapy options in Chicago. We can often schedule your session within 24 to 48 hours to ensure you receive prompt care.

Collaborative Approach

Mental health care is a joint effort. We encourage participation from your support network to foster long-term healing and growth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of bipolar disorder??

Formerly known as manic depressive disorder, bipolar takes different shapes and forms. While some people may experience intense episodes of mania and depression, others may have mood shifts that are more frequent or less intense. Bipolar I is characterized by manic episodes lasting at least seven days, often accompanied by depressive episodes. Bipolar II involves hypomanic episodes (less severe than full mania) and depressive episodes. Cyclothymic Disorder is defined by numerous periods of hypomanic and depressive symptoms for at least two years in adults, but the symptoms are less severe and do not meet the criteria for full manic or depressive episodes.

What causes bipolar disorder?

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is not fully understood, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors. Research suggests that individuals with a family history of bipolar disorder may have a higher risk of developing the condition. Additionally, imbalances in certain brain chemicals, such as neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, are associated with mood disorders like bipolar disorder. Stressful life events, trauma, and substance abuse may also play a role in triggering or exacerbating the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Bipolar disorder is typically managed through a combination of therapy and medication. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), can help individuals cope with mood swings and develop healthier thought patterns. Medications, such as mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants, may be prescribed through a referral to manage symptoms and prevent episodes.

Will my insurance cover bipolar disorder treatment?

Many insurance plans offer coverage for mental health services, including treatment for bipolar disorder. It is essential to check with your insurance provider to understand the specific details of your coverage and any potential out-of-pocket costs. Please contact us with questions about insurance coverage.

Is hospitalization common for individuals with bipolar disorder?

In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary for individuals with bipolar disorder, especially during severe manic or depressive episodes. Hospitalization provides a safe and structured environment for stabilizing mood, managing symptoms, and ensuring the person’s safety. It is more common during severe manic episodes, where individuals may exhibit risky or dangerous behaviors, or during severe depressive episodes, where suicidal thoughts or self-harm may be present. Hospitalization is typically a short-term intervention aimed at providing intensive care and support until symptoms improve.

What are some common examples of bipolar disorder symptoms?

Symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary between manic and depressive episodes. During manic episodes, individuals may feel euphoric, experience a decreased need for sleep, engage in high-risk activities, and have racing thoughts. Depressive episodes, on the other hand, are characterized by feelings of sadness, fatigue, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite, and thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

Discover Your Safe Harbor at Tides Mental Health

Embark on your transformative journey to healing and growth. No matter your past or struggles, our compassionate team is here to support you. Discover balance and embrace life’s ebbs and flows with us. Let’s ride these tides together – take the first step toward empowerment today!