Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Far North, Dallas, TX

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Healing Mind Psychiatry PLLC
PA-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Far North, Dallas, TX 75248
Now Accepting NEW Clients! Welcome to Healing Mind Psychiatry, where our goal is to offer compassionate, thorough, and individualized mental health services. We know how intimidating it might be to seek professional assistance for mental health issues. Our clinic offers a wide range of services to both adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of mental health conditions. As a result, our team of skilled mental health providers are committed to fostering a secure and welcoming environment for every client who enters our doors. From depression and anxiety, bipolar illness & ADHD, our specialists have the knowledge to help you.
Now Accepting NEW Clients! Welcome to Healing Mind Psychiatry, where our goal is to offer compassionate, thorough, and individualized mental health services. We know how intimidating it might be to seek professional assistance for mental health issues. Our clinic offers a wide range of services to both adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of mental health conditions. As a result, our team of skilled mental health providers are committed to fostering a secure and welcoming environment for every client who enters our doors. From depression and anxiety, bipolar illness & ADHD, our specialists have the knowledge to help you.
(214) 241-4684 View (214) 241-4684
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Deanna Sims
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Far North, Dallas, TX 75248
I enjoy working with individuals with Bipolar Disorder to help them develop a treatment plan and to provide useful education about the disorder. Accurate information is critical in developing acceptance of the disorder and fighting stigma. Regarding infidelity, I work to help the patient(s) heal from the trauma and heartbreak of infidelity. Managing anger or obsessive thoughts, learning to be vulnerable again, and developing forgiveness are important goals for the betrayed spouse, whether separating or reconciling. Rebuilding trust, adhering to total honesty (the hallmark of healing), and being behaviorally accountable are tasks that I help the straying spouse develop.
I enjoy working with individuals with Bipolar Disorder to help them develop a treatment plan and to provide useful education about the disorder. Accurate information is critical in developing acceptance of the disorder and fighting stigma. Regarding infidelity, I work to help the patient(s) heal from the trauma and heartbreak of infidelity. Managing anger or obsessive thoughts, learning to be vulnerable again, and developing forgiveness are important goals for the betrayed spouse, whether separating or reconciling. Rebuilding trust, adhering to total honesty (the hallmark of healing), and being behaviorally accountable are tasks that I help the straying spouse develop.
(972) 805-1545 View (972) 805-1545
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Lisa Wallace
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDC
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
I have experience working with a wide variety of populations, specializing in helping adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, or substance use.
Have you ever looked at your reflection and wondered who you are? Do you ever feel lost or wonder where you are headed? Confession- I have. I realized later in life that my calling was to become a therapist. Long before returning to college, I received on-the-job training through my own experiences as a mother, wife, friend, and as an individual struggling with depression and anxiety. These experiences helped prepare me for my role as a therapist. Just like my clients, I looked for a therapist to talk to, one who would listen and be able to understand where I was coming from.
I have experience working with a wide variety of populations, specializing in helping adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, or substance use.
Have you ever looked at your reflection and wondered who you are? Do you ever feel lost or wonder where you are headed? Confession- I have. I realized later in life that my calling was to become a therapist. Long before returning to college, I received on-the-job training through my own experiences as a mother, wife, friend, and as an individual struggling with depression and anxiety. These experiences helped prepare me for my role as a therapist. Just like my clients, I looked for a therapist to talk to, one who would listen and be able to understand where I was coming from.
(737) 214-4935 View (737) 214-4935
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Sophia Creede
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I bring a wealth of expertise to the therapeutic space. I earned my Bachelor's in Psychology from the esteemed University of Texas at Austin and furthered my education with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Houston. My professional journey has encompassed working with diverse populations facing a spectrum of challenges, including individuals navigating trauma, chronic health conditions, LGBTIQA+, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and the complexities of reintegration after extended prison sentences.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I bring a wealth of expertise to the therapeutic space. I earned my Bachelor's in Psychology from the esteemed University of Texas at Austin and furthered my education with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Houston. My professional journey has encompassed working with diverse populations facing a spectrum of challenges, including individuals navigating trauma, chronic health conditions, LGBTIQA+, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and the complexities of reintegration after extended prison sentences.
(832) 346-7386 View (832) 346-7386
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Yas Farrokh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75248
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of clinical experience. I work with adult individuals, adolescents, children, couples and families, using a variety of therapeutic techniques. I have vast experience working with issues related to trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, anger management, mood disorders, anxiety, employment and work place problems, and grief.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of clinical experience. I work with adult individuals, adolescents, children, couples and families, using a variety of therapeutic techniques. I have vast experience working with issues related to trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, anger management, mood disorders, anxiety, employment and work place problems, and grief.
(469) 294-8291 View (469) 294-8291
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Caroline Lopez
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75287
My experience includes depression, self-harm, bipolar disorder, anxiety, intellectual and developmental disorders, substance misuse, and homelessness.
My first priority in establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship is building rapport. I want to ensure that the treatment goals that you're working on are catered to your individual needs and wants. Throughout life, we encounter various hurdles, issues, and obstacles. I want to be the one who teaches you the applicable coping skills correlating with your situation and where you are in your life. Mental health recovery is a journey that can at times seem overwhelming, however- I feel like together that we can collaborate in order to help you to move forward confidently. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas.
My experience includes depression, self-harm, bipolar disorder, anxiety, intellectual and developmental disorders, substance misuse, and homelessness.
My first priority in establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship is building rapport. I want to ensure that the treatment goals that you're working on are catered to your individual needs and wants. Throughout life, we encounter various hurdles, issues, and obstacles. I want to be the one who teaches you the applicable coping skills correlating with your situation and where you are in your life. Mental health recovery is a journey that can at times seem overwhelming, however- I feel like together that we can collaborate in order to help you to move forward confidently. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas.
(972) 635-4921 View (972) 635-4921
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Casey Leamy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCDC, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Far North, Dallas, TX 75252
My experience encompasses substance abuse, self-harm, domestic violence, trauma, adolescent behavioral issues, relational issues, family conflict, parenting, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, Adjustment Disorders, Bipolar, Borderline, and ADHD.
Nothing in life is one size fits all; therapy is no exception. My first priority is to establish a trusting relationship with you, then together create goals tailored to your individual needs. As humans, we tend to shy away from uncomfortable, unwanted, or overwhelming feelings/thoughts. We all develop habits to cope; sometimes those habits may no longer be helpful. In a non-judgmental and safe environment, we will work together, unlock your potential and create the change you desire. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and fully trained in EMDR in Texas.
My experience encompasses substance abuse, self-harm, domestic violence, trauma, adolescent behavioral issues, relational issues, family conflict, parenting, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, Adjustment Disorders, Bipolar, Borderline, and ADHD.
Nothing in life is one size fits all; therapy is no exception. My first priority is to establish a trusting relationship with you, then together create goals tailored to your individual needs. As humans, we tend to shy away from uncomfortable, unwanted, or overwhelming feelings/thoughts. We all develop habits to cope; sometimes those habits may no longer be helpful. In a non-judgmental and safe environment, we will work together, unlock your potential and create the change you desire. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and fully trained in EMDR in Texas.
(469) 778-4625 View (469) 778-4625
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Erica Sewell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, RPT, CAS
Verified
4 Endorsed
Far North, Dallas, TX 75252
My specialty areas include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome/Intellectual Disabilities, Rare Genetic Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Medical Conditions, ADHD, Grief, Self-Esteem, and Life Transitions.
In celebration of each individual's strengths and unique qualities, I offer an individualized approach that is customized to the needs of each client. I believe that with support, guidance, compassion, and understanding people have the ability to not only find solutions to their challenges, but the strength to make positive changes. I am passionate about working with children, teens, adults, and families and offer play therapy, activity therapy, expressive arts, and/or traditional talk therapy. I practice from a neurodiversity affirming lens where we focus on empowerment and appreciating everyone's unique differences.
My specialty areas include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome/Intellectual Disabilities, Rare Genetic Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Medical Conditions, ADHD, Grief, Self-Esteem, and Life Transitions.
In celebration of each individual's strengths and unique qualities, I offer an individualized approach that is customized to the needs of each client. I believe that with support, guidance, compassion, and understanding people have the ability to not only find solutions to their challenges, but the strength to make positive changes. I am passionate about working with children, teens, adults, and families and offer play therapy, activity therapy, expressive arts, and/or traditional talk therapy. I practice from a neurodiversity affirming lens where we focus on empowerment and appreciating everyone's unique differences.
(469) 871-6316 View (469) 871-6316
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Rachel Gerbosi
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LMFT, LCDC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Far North, Dallas, TX 75252  (Online Only)
My experience includes, substance abuse, self-harm, domestic violence, trauma, adolescent behavioral issues, relational issues, family conflict, parenting, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, Adjustment Disorders, Bipolar, Borderline, and ADHD.
My first priority in the counseling process is to ensure a trusting therapeutic relationship between you and I. No two people are the same, and it is my mission for us to work together to establish goals that are personalized to fit your unique needs. We, as individuals, encounter challenges in life that cause us to feel overwhelmed. It is important for me to help you see your potential, finding meaning and direction in your life, through positive encouragement. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, in the state of Texas.
My experience includes, substance abuse, self-harm, domestic violence, trauma, adolescent behavioral issues, relational issues, family conflict, parenting, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, Adjustment Disorders, Bipolar, Borderline, and ADHD.
My first priority in the counseling process is to ensure a trusting therapeutic relationship between you and I. No two people are the same, and it is my mission for us to work together to establish goals that are personalized to fit your unique needs. We, as individuals, encounter challenges in life that cause us to feel overwhelmed. It is important for me to help you see your potential, finding meaning and direction in your life, through positive encouragement. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, in the state of Texas.
(469) 294-8589 View (469) 294-8589
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Holly Fedro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75248
Holly and her staff of licensed therapists have extensive experience treating childhood disorders like ADHD/LD, Autism Spectrum, unipolar and bipolar depression, aggression, anxiety, oppositional behavior, attachment disorders, and social skill problems. We help parents develop positive behavior plans to reduce behavior difficulties at home and school. Marital and other family relationship issues are also addressed. We use a short term, cognitive behavioral approach to provide practical advise and proven strategies to help resolve problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Holly and her staff of licensed therapists have extensive experience treating childhood disorders like ADHD/LD, Autism Spectrum, unipolar and bipolar depression, aggression, anxiety, oppositional behavior, attachment disorders, and social skill problems. We help parents develop positive behavior plans to reduce behavior difficulties at home and school. Marital and other family relationship issues are also addressed. We use a short term, cognitive behavioral approach to provide practical advise and proven strategies to help resolve problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.
(972) 528-9164 View (972) 528-9164
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Paul Teska
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Throughout my career, I have probably worked with every single situation in the counseling field. I have worked inpatient, outpatient, and telepatient. I have worked in prisons, jails, psychiatric hospitals, IDD facilities, community MHMR, and community counseling centers. My specialties include drug and alcohol addiction, trauma, major depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, stress, marital problems, anger management, and people with LGBTQ issues.
Throughout my career, I have probably worked with every single situation in the counseling field. I have worked inpatient, outpatient, and telepatient. I have worked in prisons, jails, psychiatric hospitals, IDD facilities, community MHMR, and community counseling centers. My specialties include drug and alcohol addiction, trauma, major depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, stress, marital problems, anger management, and people with LGBTQ issues.
(936) 243-3569 View (936) 243-3569
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Transitional Life Counseling and Consultation
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75240
At TLCC have increase availability to provide psycho-educational and specialty group in the areas of Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Parenting, Bipolar Groups, PTSD, Sexual Abuse or Offenders.
I am the Owner/Director of TLCC "where an open ear is always here". I specialize in severe mental health issues ranging from psychosis, anxiety, depression, mood disorders. As a therapist, I have designed my practice and intensive outpatient clinic to provide services for severe mentally disabled children and adults.
At TLCC have increase availability to provide psycho-educational and specialty group in the areas of Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Parenting, Bipolar Groups, PTSD, Sexual Abuse or Offenders.
I am the Owner/Director of TLCC "where an open ear is always here". I specialize in severe mental health issues ranging from psychosis, anxiety, depression, mood disorders. As a therapist, I have designed my practice and intensive outpatient clinic to provide services for severe mentally disabled children and adults.
(409) 515-8150 View (409) 515-8150
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Merritt Insight Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Far North, Dallas, TX 75252  (Online Only)
You've made the decision to pursue counseling and are ready to make changes in your life. Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, have had past traumatic experiences, or the pressure and stress from life is becoming overwhelming, I look forward to developing a therapeutic alliance with you to help you accomplish your goals. I specialize in treating Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder. I work with both adults and adolescents (12+).
You've made the decision to pursue counseling and are ready to make changes in your life. Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, have had past traumatic experiences, or the pressure and stress from life is becoming overwhelming, I look forward to developing a therapeutic alliance with you to help you accomplish your goals. I specialize in treating Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder. I work with both adults and adolescents (12+).
(469) 443-6727 View (469) 443-6727
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Rob Novick, LCSW-S
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, MSSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Far North, Dallas, TX 75287
Additionally, I help those diagnosed with a mental illness, like Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Bipolar.
Starting therapy for the first time or finding a new therapist can be stressful and anxiety-provoking. My goal is to help you feel comfortable from our first conversation. I believe everyone has the capability and strength to face whatever life has to offer, even when it seems overwhelming. By providing a safe, warm, caring environment, my clients can freely express themselves without judgment. I actively participate in my client's treatment by offering reflections, suggestions, ideas, and homework. My main therapeutic approach is cognitive behavioral, along with mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy.
Additionally, I help those diagnosed with a mental illness, like Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Bipolar.
Starting therapy for the first time or finding a new therapist can be stressful and anxiety-provoking. My goal is to help you feel comfortable from our first conversation. I believe everyone has the capability and strength to face whatever life has to offer, even when it seems overwhelming. By providing a safe, warm, caring environment, my clients can freely express themselves without judgment. I actively participate in my client's treatment by offering reflections, suggestions, ideas, and homework. My main therapeutic approach is cognitive behavioral, along with mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy.
(214) 740-3929 View (214) 740-3929
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Kait Batts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75248
Kait Batts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Master’s degree at The University of Texas in Austin, TX in 2018. Throughout her career, Kait has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, psychosis, and personality disorders. Kait is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for children and adults and has training in TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention). Kait enjoys supporting the local Fort Worth art scene and is also an embroidery artist. She also loves to hike with her husband and dog and does Yoga and Pilates.
Kait Batts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Master’s degree at The University of Texas in Austin, TX in 2018. Throughout her career, Kait has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, psychosis, and personality disorders. Kait is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for children and adults and has training in TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention). Kait enjoys supporting the local Fort Worth art scene and is also an embroidery artist. She also loves to hike with her husband and dog and does Yoga and Pilates.
(972) 440-5965 View (972) 440-5965
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Tom Earnshaw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Far North, Dallas, TX 75287
Are you ready? I know you have the ability. Are you ready to start? I know you want to have a meaningful life. Are you ready to lead the life you want to live? I know you struggle with unwanted thoughts and feelings. Are you ready to stop struggling with them? I know you have made every attempt to solve these problems on your own. Are you ready to meet with someone who will not judge, criticize or minimize problems? Are you ready to begin? All it takes is clicking the button. Will you?
Are you ready? I know you have the ability. Are you ready to start? I know you want to have a meaningful life. Are you ready to lead the life you want to live? I know you struggle with unwanted thoughts and feelings. Are you ready to stop struggling with them? I know you have made every attempt to solve these problems on your own. Are you ready to meet with someone who will not judge, criticize or minimize problems? Are you ready to begin? All it takes is clicking the button. Will you?
(469) 615-2005 View (469) 615-2005
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Jacquelyne Cisneros
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Jacquelyne. Do you feel a loss of control in your life? Are you overwhelmed and find difficulty finding motivation? Do you think of the past and future often? I empower people to find a balance in their life while continuing to take care of their own needs. I love to challenge thoughts and core beliefs, which can be the root of your struggles.
Hi there, I'm Jacquelyne. Do you feel a loss of control in your life? Are you overwhelmed and find difficulty finding motivation? Do you think of the past and future often? I empower people to find a balance in their life while continuing to take care of their own needs. I love to challenge thoughts and core beliefs, which can be the root of your struggles.
(915) 900-7585 View (915) 900-7585
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Suzanne Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75254
Hello. I am happy you are checking out my profile for the possibility of working together. I was first licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist in California in 2006. I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 24 years and have now relocated back to Central Texas where I grew up. I attended John F Kennedy University and Graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Addictions Studies. I am passionate about assisting individuals to achieve their maximum potential in all areas of their lives. Are you questioning if substance abuse is interfering with your life? Are your relationships suffering?
Hello. I am happy you are checking out my profile for the possibility of working together. I was first licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist in California in 2006. I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 24 years and have now relocated back to Central Texas where I grew up. I attended John F Kennedy University and Graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Addictions Studies. I am passionate about assisting individuals to achieve their maximum potential in all areas of their lives. Are you questioning if substance abuse is interfering with your life? Are your relationships suffering?
(512) 515-3800 View (512) 515-3800
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H Crawford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Life can often pull us in many directions and take us to many places. Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or depressed? Do you believe you are having a hard time keeping up?
Life can often pull us in many directions and take us to many places. Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or depressed? Do you believe you are having a hard time keeping up?
(713) 929-2743 View (713) 929-2743
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Sondra Mckinney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Far North, Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Sondra! My mission is to help individuals and families improve their lives through effective mental health counseling.
Hi, I'm Sondra! My mission is to help individuals and families improve their lives through effective mental health counseling.
(469) 658-4633 View (469) 658-4633

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Bipolar Disorder Therapists

What is the most successful approach to treating bipolar disorder?

Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, and a number of therapies have been found effective in providing support to patients as they gain the skills to understand and manage the disorder. Family-focused therapy is often helpful for children and teens (the majority of cases develop before age 19); it aims to minimize mood cycling by improving family communication and reducing conflict. It also helps young people navigate the developmental challenges the disorder can create. Cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) and variants such as Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)help patients manage the thoughts and feelings that influence bipolar mood swings as well as develop specific behavioral strategies to counteract them.

What happens in therapy for bipolar disorder?

Because the patterns of mood switching and its triggers differ for each person and can change over time, mood tracking or monitoring becomes a basic way patients learn about the nature of their condition. One of the most common features of therapy is finding a workable method of mood monitoring, in which patients track their daily activities and rate their moods, then use the findings to adjust routines accordingly. Patients learn ways of handling the many stresses that arise in life so that they do not trigger mood swings.

What kinds of problems does therapy help with?

Like many other mental health disorders, BPD is heavily influenced by stress; therapy provides skills for coping with stressors of all kinds. Therapy is extremely important for helping individuals identify the situations that may trigger mood switching, so that mood swings can be prevented. Therapy may especially target recognition of the early stages of mood change so that they can be managed. In addition, therapy helps patients deal with the significant amount of turbulence the disorder can create in relationships and in work life.

What is the goal of therapy for bipolar disorder?

Therapy helps patients set up their lives to maintain stability so that their mood isn’t constantly threatened by daily events. Perhaps the first task of therapy is to educate people about the nature of the disorder. At the same time, a primary goal of therapy is to enhance adherence to drug treatment. Extended periods of mood stability can prompt patients to discontinue medication, triggering relapse, while the early phases of manic episodes can feel so energizing that patients stop medication, ushering in full-blown mania and the altered self-perception that can lead to destructive behaviors. Another major goal of therapy is to understand one’s mood patterns so as to minimize both the frequency and intensity of mood cycling.