Or you may be wondering for the first time if you yourself or someone you know is dealing with symptoms of Bipolar Disorder.
At the end of this page, there is a list of in-depth resources about Bipolar Disorder and its symptoms. If you have questions about your particular situation, please feel free to contact Dr. Rosenfarb for a free initial telephone consultation to determine if our services can be useful to you or your friend or loved one.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness which is characterized by episodes of elevated mood, energy level and thinking. Some people with Bipolar Disorder experience depressive episodes as well; some do not.
What is the Impact of Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder can have a major negative effect on an individual’s daily functioning and general well-being. Frequent relapses can create a tremendous amount of chaos for both the patient and their family. Jobs and social relationships may be seriously disrupted.
Failure to seek out appropriate treatment and medication can cause people with Bipolar Disorder to self-medicate with substances that may provide relief in the short run but which may then foster addiction, creating yet another realm of difficulties.
Because of the tendency of people with Bipolar Disorder to periodically spiral into mania, their judgment and insight can be severely compromised at those times when the illness is acute. They sometimes may exhibit risky behaviors which can lead to incarceration or which may otherwise bring harm to themselves. Then not only do they have to cope with the illness itself, but potentially a whole series of cascading negative effects and stress.
The goal, then, of helping a person with Bipolar Disorder is to assist them in creating a life that is manageable and in balance; A life in which the needed supports and structure are in place so that they can manage their own lives with dignity and achieve the highest quality-of-life possible.
With this goal in mind, current research confirms what clinicians have long suspected: The role of the patient’s family in helping reduce stress and achieve balance can be crucial. (Read more about family treatment here.)
Individual Counseling for Bipolar Disorder in San Diego
We utilize several forms of psychotherapy, including Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy which are designed to help people dealing with bipolar disorder more easily manage the routines of life.
Together we will focus on the areas of your life in which you would like to improve and develop a plan of success. We will look at your sleep cycle, medications, your social life and recreation, your mood, symptoms of depression and/or mania, and other factors. Our work together will be geared to helping you achieve better balance, higher functioning and greater satisfaction in life.
Bipolar Disorder Resources
- View Dr. Rosenfarb’s PowerPoint presentation about Family Focused Therapy
- Check out recommended readings for bipolar disorder
- Bipolar Disorder overview, NIMH
- Open Directory Bipolar Disorder resources, forums, personal pages and support groups
2011 Bipolar Mood Disorders Prize – Dr. Miklowitz