Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, once referred to as manic-depression, is characterized by a distinct change in mood states ranging from depression to a more heightened, energetic, or irritable state referred to as mania. The manic phase of the bipolar continuum can range from severe to moderate to a more manageable condition referred to as hypomania.  Some symptoms of mania may include significant increase in energy, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, grandiosity, increase in risk-taking behaviors, and may include irritability.

Bipolar Disorder may show up differently in different individuals and sometimes takes time to properly diagnose. Therapists at CBTDenver can do a thorough diagnostic evaluation to determine if a client has bipolar disorder and suggest a treatment plan based upon evidence-based treatments.

Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy for bipolar disorder. This treatment involves creating structure and stability in a client’s life to minimize the risk of manic/hypomanic or depressive episodes. Creating a consistent sleep-wake cycle is a foundation of minimizing relapse. The other aspect of IPSRT involves selecting and working on an interpersonal problem such a an interpersonal dispute, grief or a role transition.

Therapists at CBTDenver also draw from techniques in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness- Based therapies to create a skill set specific to the client’s unique needs. Skills are aimed to reducing the risk of manic/hypomanic and depressive episodes and creating a productive and meaningful life.

CBTDenver therapists also refer to and collaborate with psychiatrists in the community if medication is part of the treatment plan.

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