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Bipolar disorder Treatment in NYC

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Suffering from Bipolar Disorder can feel like a never-ending rollercoaster-ride emotionally for both you and your loved ones. Maybe you are suffering from short periods of elated mood, excess energy, lowered need for sleep, grandiose ideas, and even reckless behavior, such as spending a lot of money, engaging in risky sexual behavior, or using drugs. you may feel like you are a different person, and there are no limits as to what you can do in life. The good news is that we can help.

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How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Can Help with Bipolar Disorder

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been shown to help those with depression and bipolar disorder, especially when combined with the proper medication. How it can help:

Learn More about Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorders (often referred to as Manic-Depression) consist of various types depending on the presence or absence of manic, hypomanic, and depressive episodes.  These include Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II, Bipolar Not Otherwise Specified, and variants depending on characteristics of the most recent episode.

What are Manic Episodes?

Manic, hypomanic, and depressive episodes need to be assessed in order for a mental health professional to properly diagnose these disorders. Manic episodes require a minimum of a week of symptoms, which may include inflated sense of self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, increases in pleasurable or goal-directed behaviors to the extent that there is a likelihood of disastrous consequences to personal safety and health, financial security, and familial, personal, and work relationships. Hypomanic episodes involve symptoms similar to a manic episode, but only need to be present for four days and does not cause significant impairment.
Depressive episodes involve depressed mood or anhedonia, along with other symptoms including changes in weight, sleep, motor behavior, energy, worthlessness, guilt, concentration, hopelessness, or thoughts of death or suicide.

Types of Bipolar Disorders:

Bipolar I Disorder could be diagnosed when a manic (or mixed) episode has occurred.  A depressive episode could be part of the course but is not necessary for a diagnosis of Bipolar I. Bipolar II Disorder could be diagnosed if there has never been a manic (or mixed) episode and a hypomanic episode and depressive episode have occurred.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment:

Bipolar disorders are often treated with psychotropic medications, e.g., lithium and Depakote.  There is scientific evidence that adding cognitive behavioral therapy as an adjunct can be helpful.  Bipolar symptoms may decrease further and increases in coping skills are found when therapy is added.

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