After living with bipolar for 8 years, I have noticed some thought patterns that I tend to have around when it comes to thinking about my emotions. Questioning one’s emotions is a useful tool in learning to manage them. As my psychologist and I have discussed, emotions do stem from thoughts – which may or may not be true. Sometimes, admittedly, I get lazy and I just go “Oh I’m very angry because I have bipolar – which is characterised by mood swings and intense emotions, right?”
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Headaches have been my companion off and on for years. I usually take Excedrine and Tylenol and put a cold pack on my neck. I often have to lie down as well. I even suffered with migraines for a time and lived with shots, dark rooms, and tremors.
Having bipolar has only exasperated the problem because the pain sometimes plunged me head first into depression.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an effective approach for a variety of issues, including bipolar disorder. It’s based on the ancient philosophical idea that suffering isn’t the result of what happens to us, but the result of how we interpret what happens to us. According to CBT, it’s largely our thoughts that lead to moods like depression and anxiety – thoughts about how things must be, how we should behave, how other people ought to treat us – and by changing our thoughts, we can change how we feel.
For many people living with bipolar disorder the concept of personal recovery is a meaningful one. This seems to mean being able to engage in valued activities, having strategies for self management of health and having an understanding of mood experiences. This webinar will describe the development and evaluation of a new measure of personal recovery in bipolar disorder and a new individualized psychological therapy designed to enhance personal recovery outcomes in individuals with a relatively recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder (<5 years).
Is this your first appointment with a new therapist? If this is the case, it will take a while for you to get to know the therapist and their style, as well as for them to get to know you. Therapy is useless if there’s not positive energy both ways. Evaluate your sessions, and do not accept or stay with a therapist who imposes his/her own opinions, interest/ issues into your therapy, or establishes goals for your therapy that you don't want.