Bipolar disorder causes cycling mood swings, from depression to mania and back again.
Manic bipolar episodes consist of symptoms like risk-taking behaviors, hyperactivity, endless energy, and not needing sleep. After a few days or weeks, this mania gives way to depression. Instead of feeling full of energy and ready to take on the world, you develop symptoms like:
You might have so little strength you find it hard to do anything. After several months, a manic episode happens again — and the cycle continues. It’s exhausting, frustrating, and makes studying or working extremely challenging.
The most severe form of this condition is bipolar 1 disorder. If you have bipolar 1, you experience extreme mania and depression. People with bipolar 1 often behave in ways that risk their well-being when they’re manic, like taking drugs, driving too fast, and starting fights.
Bipolar 2 disorder causes less extreme mania. But the depression can be just as bad as bipolar 1. In both cases, suicidal thoughts and actions aren’t unusual.
A third condition, cyclothymia, is a milder form of bipolar disorder. It causes less severe mood changes, but it can still significantly disrupt your life.
People with bipolar disorder usually require medication to manage extreme symptoms. These are likely to include antidepressants and mood stabilizers like lithium. While these drugs can be an essential part of your treatment, they aren’t enough on their own.
Licensed professional counselor Jessica Sanchez offers people with bipolar disorder necessary therapy to complement their medication. Talking with Jessica about the problems you face while living with bipolar disorder helps you process your thoughts and feelings. She can support you through depression by providing reassurance and practical coping strategies.
If you’re suicidal, Jessica can guide you through this difficult time. If you’re overcome by shame at the things you did during a manic episode, she can help you come to terms with what you did.
Regular therapy sessions enable you to manage your condition, allowing you to lead the life you want. Call Jessica Sanchez today or book an appointment online to take charge of your bipolar disorder. Consultations take place remotely using secure Zoom video conferencing.