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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

If you are suffering from a mood disorder known as bipolar disorder, mental health and wellness therapy can be utilized to effectively treat the extreme symptoms. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic and severe shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to think clearly throughout daily activities. Individuals with this disorder experience heightened high and low moods known as mania and depression for a specific period of time. Bipolar disorder can be treated and if left alone, the disorder can worsen over time. Proper treatment includes unique therapies, medication, and a healthier lifestyle to allow for people to live well with the condition. Counseling of Southwest Florida offers tailored treatment programs for mental illnesses and we can help you re-gain a normal and healthy lifestyle.

Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The symptoms and severity of this disease greatly varies depending on the person; someone can experience mania or depression for an extended amount of time, or even go years without experiencing any symptoms. Extreme bipolar episodes of mania or depression may include hallucinations or delusions.


To be properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder, one must have experienced at least one episode of mania before. During this “high”, a person’s mood can become rapidly more irritable and their behavior can become more unpredictable. Mania can also be associated with frequent impulsive behavior and reckless decision making.


The other extreme symptoms of bipolar disorder include a heavy depression. The lows are often so debilitating that everyday activities and relationships are severely affected. Individuals experiencing a depressive state have difficulty falling or staying asleep while others can sleep far more than usual. Every decision becomes overwhelming and emotional during a depressive episode. The guilt and helplessness can lead to suicidal thoughts.

There is not one single cause to this disorder, and scientists believe that there are many contributing factors such as genetics, unusual stress, and brain structure and function that account for bipolar disorder. While the symptoms of bipolar disorder can greatly affect someone’s life, there are treatment methods that can allow individuals to function and live a happy life.

How to Treat Bipolar Disorder

There are many effective approaches to treating this mental illness and at CWSFL, we provide unique therapies to help you manage the severe symptoms.

  • Psychotherapy- cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy sessions all fall under psychotherapy and are considered effective ways to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Medications- mood stabilizers and antipsychotics can be appropriately prescribed to lessen the debilitating symptoms.
  • Self-management strategies- learning the signs and early symptoms of an episode can help the management and awareness.

At our addiction counseling center, we properly assess and evaluate each individual before creating a unique treatment program that will effectively minimize the negative effects a mental illness can have on an individual. We provide different therapies and treatment approaches for a wide range of disorders and if you are looking for more information, contact us. It’s never too late to re-gain control over your life and maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.