Bipolar Disorder is often a very exhausting and emotional experience for the individual. Bipolar is a mood disorder that can present in a cyclical manner. There are two distinct episodes that are often associated with bipolar; depression and mania. The depressive episode appears much the same as Depression. However, the Manic episode is usually associated with impaired judgement, inappropriate/bizarre behaviour, risky behaviour (financially, physically, sexually) and difficulty with personal insight into un-wellness. People who experience Bipolar often have periods of remission or ‘normality’ in between these episodes.
Bipolar can be a very stressful disorder for both the individual and those around them. It is extremely important that people who suffer with this disorder have healthy natural support networks and are able to manage their emotions, particularly in their manic episodes.
Bipolar I and II are almost identical. They each present in a similar manner as mentioned above. However, with Bipolar I there is often the presence of delusions (false belief that are held firm despite contradictory evidence. Eg. Thinking they are Jesus Christ) or hallucinations (seeing, hearing, smelling, sensing or toasting things that other people do not see, sense, hear, smell or taste. Eg. Hearing Voices)
Here are some common mania symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorders:
- Increased energy
- Rapid speech (can be difficult to understand)
- Impulsive behaviour
- Less need for sleep
- Decreased concentration
- Delusions or Hallucinations
- Impaired judgment
- Elevated mood
- Enhanced sexual drive
How we can help
The Therapists at Shore Therapy have a number of years experience working with this diagnosis. Shore Therapy specialises in talking therapy. It is important for people with Bipolar to feel as though they have a safe and contained space for them to express their feelings around their experience and potential difficulty with personal relationships. Shore Therapy is able to provide this experience for those willing to work on gaining insight into themselves and their relationships with others.