Bipolar Disorder2019-08-01T17:17:50+00:00

Christian Counseling for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which the sufferer fluctuates between unusually acute episodes of mania and depression; these episodes can last for up to several weeks at a time and can impede normal life. During mania, an individual may feel unusually energetic, elated, impulsive or agitated; depressive episodes can be mild or severe. In addition to mood swings, persons suffering from bipolar disorder fluctuate in energy levels and motivation.

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Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which the sufferer fluctuates between unusually acute episodes of mania and depression; these episodes can last for up to several weeks at a time and can impede normal life. During mania, an individual may feel unusually energetic, elated, impulsive or agitated; depressive episodes can be mild or severe. In addition to mood swings, persons suffering from bipolar disorder fluctuate in energy levels and motivation.

One of the most common myths about bipolar disorder is that it is merely a psychological excuse for ‘moodiness.’ But unlike ordinary mood swings, bipolar episodes can persist for weeks at a time and can significantly interrupt the sufferer’s life. Another common belief is that bipolar only affects mood: in reality, this condition disrupts a sufferer’s overall functioning, including energy, motivation, and cognitive processes. Many people also assume that mania is enjoyable, when in truth manic episodes are destabilizing, anxiety producing, and even dangerous to overall health.

Because there is no known cure for bipolar disorder, the goal for treatment is to gain better control over mood swings and other symptoms. The most effective treatment plans will combine medication with psychotherapy. Counseling for bipolar disorder often focuses on psycho-education to help sufferers better understand their condition and learn how to cope with its unique challenges. Therapy also offers sufferers a place to identify mood triggers, break destructive cycles of thought, and develop positive self-esteem.

Bipolar disorder puts an enormous strain on relationships. Caring for someone with bipolar is stressful, and loved ones often find it difficult to remember that the sufferer’s moods and actions cannot always be controlled. Yet sufferers need a strong support network in order to cope effectively with their condition. Whether you are a family member, friend, or spouse, learning to love someone with bipolar disorder is a stressful experience that takes practice and patience.