Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, formerly called manic depression, is characterized by episodes of highs (hypomania and mania) and lows (depression). While mood swings throughout the day are often present in people with Bipolar Disorder, mood swings alone do not mean you have Bipolar Disorder.

During depressive episodes, people feel sad more days than not. They may feel hopeless and lose interest in being around others or doing the activities they used to enjoy. These symptoms are present for at least 2 weeks.

During a manic or hypomanic episode, people have too much energy. They often notice they are full of energy despite not being able to sleep or lacking an appetite. People often feel overly happy, anxious, or irritable during these times. These episodes can cause people to spend too much money or make impulsive decisions that cause problems at home and work.

If you have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or you experience these symptoms, please reach out to me. I have extensive experience working with people who struggle to navigate these episodes. Unfortunately, society often misunderstands Bipolar Disorder. Please know that you are not “crazy.” Many people struggle with this disorder and are hesitant to seek help due to the negative stigma of mental heath issues. Counseling and often medication can effectively manage these symptoms and allow you to live your best life.

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