Everyone experiences ups and downs in life. Individuals who have Bipolar experience a high called “mania” and lows of ”depression”. These highs are not the same as being happy,as they are often exaggerated energy to the point that people may feel indestructible.
The downs are not the same as sadness and are a more extreme variation called “depression”. Counselling for Bipolar emphasizes creating a balance in life by managing the ups and downs through our thinking.
We challenge negative thoughts during the downs and determine the benefits of actions and slow down thinking during the highs.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder include:
- Alternating high (mania) & low moods (depression)
- Poor judgment & risky behavior
- Increased physical activity
- Inflated self-esteem
- Hopelessness & sadness
- Loss of energy
- Suicidal thoughts
Additional Resources on Bipolar Disorder
*Please note that I cannot be responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed resources.
Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Mood Disorders – www.mentalhelp.net
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – www.nimh.nih.gov
The Mayo Clinic Overview of Bipolar Disorder – www.mayoclinic.org
Since 1994 Pendulum.org has been the web’s premier resource for bipolar information – www.pendulum.org