Ask someone suffering from mania, depression or exhaustion what they think their problem is and you could get three different answers:
- it’s the environment—stress from work or family life is creating problems for them;
- it’s psychological—they’re prone to over-commit or under-achieve;
- it’s biological—their brain is not functioning the way it can for others.
All three are possibly correct, and it takes a skilled clinician to determine which answer is most correct for you.
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I know well the challenges and surprises that happen with bipolar disorder—I have a bipolar disorder myself.
The objectives of counselling for people with Bipolar Disorder
- To help you make sense of your current or past episodes of illness
- To discuss long-term planning, given your vulnerability to future episodes
- To help you accept and adapt to a long-term medication regimen
- To improve your functioning in school or the workplace
- To deal with the social stigma of the disorder
- To improve family or marital/romantic relationships
Common reactions to being told you have Bipolar Disorder
- “The diagnosis is wrong, it’s just a way for other people to explain away my experiences” (rejecting the diagnosis);
- “I’m just a moody person” (under-identification with the diagnosis: giving some credence to it but making few, if any, lifestyle adaptations;
- “My illness is everything, and I have no control over my behaviour” (over-identification with the diagnosis: rethinking your life problems and beginning to blame all, or most of them, on the disorder, or unnecessarily limiting your aspirations because of the illness).
Make a time to come and see me and we can talk through the issues that accompany Bipolar Disorder and how to best manage them. Call me on 8120 0300 or use my contact form below. Let’s work together for a brighter future.