Bipolar disorder is a treatable illness characterized by severe changes in mood, thought, energy, and attitude. People who have bipolar disorder go through different mood changes--from incredibly happy and active, to incredibly sad, hopeless, and inactive, and then back again. The causes of bipolar disorder are not always apparent, but it may be linked to hereditary factors, and brain structure and function may also play a role. If not treated, bipolar disorder can lead to damaged relationships, poor job, or school performance, and even suicide.
TREATMENT: Bipolar disorder should be managed with medication. Psychological treatments such as psychoeducation about bipolar disorder, relaxation training, cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) can help you manage the disorder (minimum 5-10 therapy sessions recommended).
"To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist."
-GAIL SHEEHY, AUTHOR
Helpful Links For Bipolar Disorder
- Canadian Psychological Association Bipolar Disorder fact sheet PDF
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America- Bipolar Disorder facts
- VeryWell.com - An online community and extensive collection of resources which includes articles, newsletters, chat, forums, links and much more for those who struggle with this disorder.
- For more resources, please visit the Helpful Links Page
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