Bipolar is a chronic condition which is thought to effect around 1 in 600 people, about 1 in 1000 people have a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder or bipolar affective disorder 2.
Talking therapy can be very useful if the focus is in the right place. Talking, self analysis and contact interventions can have a significant impact in helping a person learn to manage their bipolar symptoms.
Receiving a diagnosis like Bipolar can be a blessing and a curse, on the one hand you now have a clear indication of what has been going on and something to explain some of the behaviour, on the other you now have a chronic mental health condition you must learn to live with. There are several medications which can help, but there is so much more that we can do through talking therapy, to learn how we trigger ups and down, to learn how we can cope with things like suicidal ideation, to explore what it means for us now and to help us make better choices so we can live a full and productive life.
We know from experience that living with a condition like bipolar is unremittingly difficult. We use what we call a contact approach; we use simple contact experiments to increase awareness, improve our understanding and interaction with ourselves and our environments, and through better awareness learn how to make choices more appropriate to us as individuals. When we start to recognise triggers and learn what helps prevent swings in either direction we can start to modify our behaviour to give us a more stable future. Our therapist will work closely with you to help you every step of the way. We can work with other family members if needs be, to help them have a clearer picture of what is occurring. Remember, you don't need to face this alone.
Managing Bipolar Uk are a fantastic resource on the south coast, running numerous support groups and developing self help materials. We actively encourage you to contact them for more details of the groups in your area and how to get involved. Please visit their web site here.
Struggling with Bipolar affective disorder? interested in how therapy can help alleviate your symptoms? call 07724 186 672 or email to book a free confidential discussion. We believe we can help you.