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Approaching bipolar disorder with proper treatment can help you to live a happy, contented, and confident life.

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Signs and symptoms

What Are The Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Are your mood swings controlling your life? There are various forms of bipolar treatment that your counselor can employ based on the severity of your symptoms.
  • Reckless behavior

  • Suicidal Thoughts

  • Appetite Loss

  • Guilt and despair

  • Delusions

  • Extremely overjoyed and energetic

  • Lack of energy

  • Depressed, hopeless, or irritable

  • Attention deficiency and loss of memory

  • Issues Sleeping

  • Faster Speech

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Bipolar I Disorder

Bipolar I Disorder

Bipolar I disorder is a type of bipolar spectrum disorder marked by at least one manic attack, with or without mixed or psychotic traits.

  • Lasts for a week or longer
  • Can be accompanied with or without depressive episodes, lasting for at least two weeks
  • Can be severe enough to warrant immediate hospital care
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Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II disorder is a mood disorder on the bipolar spectrum, marked by at least one episode of hypomania and one attack of depression.

  • Has both manic and depressive episodes
  • Typically less severe than what is experienced in Bipolar 1 – doesn’t include the severe manic episode that inhibits regular activities – hence known as hypomania
  • Experience depressive episodes either before or after a manic episode
  • Typically, hypomania lasts for at least four days
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Cyclothymia is a rare mood condition. Cyclothymia causes emotional ups and downs, but they're not as intense as those in bipolar I or II disorder. With cyclothymia, you undergo periods when your mood noticeably moves up and down from your baseline.

  • Milder form of bipolar disorder with cyclical periods of hypomanic symptoms accompanies by periods of depressive symptoms
  • It can develop into bipolar 1 or bipolar 2 I not diagnosed and treated during adolescence
  • Unstable moods – periods of normalcy mixed with mania and depression
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Rapid cycling bipolar

Rapid cycling bipolar

Rapid cycling is a pattern of regular, distinct attacks of bipolar disorder. It can occur at any moment in the course of bipolar disorder & can come & go over many years relying on treatment; it is not necessarily an "endless" or indefinite pattern of episodes.

  • A sub-type of bipolar 1 or 2 with rapid cycling
  • Experienced four or more depressive, manic or hypomanic, or mixed attacks within a year
  • Episodes of mania or hypomania, followed by attacks of depression
  • Episodes might last for months, weeks, or days
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Bipolar disorder with mixed features

Bipolar disorder with mixed features

Bipolar with mixed features refers to the existence of high and low symptoms co-occurring, or as part of a single attack, in people encountering an episode of mania or depression.

  • Known as mixed bipolar state or mixed affective bipolar
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Irritability, high energy, racing thoughts and speech, and overactivity or agitation
  • Depression and suicide are also common
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Other types of Bipolar disorder

Other types of Bipolar disorder

Other kinds of Bipolar disorder not otherwise specified (NOS) is one of those psychiatric words that can cause more confusion than clarity, especially to the diagnosed person. Bipolar disorder NOS is diagnosed when an individual shows some signs of bipolar disorder but doesn't necessarily fulfill all the criteria drafted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

  • Experienced alternating manic or depressive symptoms, but the attacks are too short to meet the criteria for inclusion
  • Experienced both hypomania and depression, but the attacks were brief
  • Experienced multiple episodes of hypomania but no depressive episode
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Having bipolar disorder does not mean you are broken, it means you are strong and brave for battling your mind every single day.

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Get it right: Bipolar disorder treatment to own your life

If you live with bipolar disorder, you are not alone. Proper treatment for bipolar disorder can help you to lead a healthy and productive life.


While medication often remains a predominant part of a bipolar disorder treatment plan, so does therapy. Psychotherapy helps people to

    • Understand the daily obstacles caused due to the bipolar
    • Cope with difficult/uncomfortable feelings
    • Repair relationships, manage stress and depression, and regulate mood
    • Understand the underlying cause of the stressful event. There are cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal & social rhythm therapy, & family-focused therapy approaches that can help
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Living with bipolar disorder is challenging, which is why support is essential.

    • Having the right support system makes a difference in outlook and motivation
    • Participating in support groups can help through shared experiences and learning from others who undergo similar situations
    • Understand your importance in the lives of your loved ones
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Relapse Prevention Therapy

It is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps people develop skills to prevent a foreseeable relapse. RPT plays a crucial role in a successful rehabilitation program. Some of the broader issues of relapse prevention therapy may include the following:

    • Training for coping skills
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy interventions
    • Behavioral Adjustments and lifestyle changes
    • Addiction counseling
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Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is more immersive and holistic for its takers than other forms of treatment. Experiential therapy emphasizes action over talk, helping clients unlock alternative modes of healing. Some standard components of experiential therapy are:

    • Mindfulness practices
    • Volunteering for charitable services
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Mirror Therapy

Mirror therapy is primarily directed toward amputees and stroke issues. It is used to create the reflective illusion of the affected limb to trick the amputee’s brain into believing that movement has occurred in the removed limb without pain. Some other salient features of this type of therapy include:

    • Exploiting the brain’s propensity to prefer visual feedback over proprioceptive/somatosensory feedback
    • Enhancing spinal and cortical motor excitability
    • Providing relief in cases where neuropathic issues may cause pain
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Do you have Bipolar Disorder? We are here for you.

Finding the right counselors for bipolar can be integral to your care. We offer bipolar disorder treatment on your terms, in the space and time that works for you.

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A comprehensive treatment plan for bipolar disorder seeks to relieve symptoms and restore your ability to function. We help you with the right bipolar disorder counselor to give you the attention and care you need.

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A bipolar disorder is a type of brain disorder that highly impacts an individual's mood and overall personality. Individuals having bipolar disorder might find it challenging to handle everyday tasks. It could be struggling to finish an essential job at work or nourishing close relationships in personal life, etc., which pose a real problem.

The causes of bipolar disorders type I, and II can also vary. The average age for the commencement of bipolar type I disorder is 18, and for bipolar type II is in the mid-20s. As personal development differs from person to person, it is still not easy to describe what "normal" is for one age and another.
  • Environmental causes - As stated by DSM-5, the percentage of people in advanced countries with bipolar disorder is twice as compared to underdeveloped countries. A higher number of people that are widowed, divorced, or separated can have bipolar disorder as compared to those who are or have never been married at present. There exist connections to marital status, even though its nature is not precise.
  • Genetic and physiological causes - If someone in your family has bipolar disorder, you're around ten times more likely to have bipolar type I or II. If that family member is closer, you have a better chance of experiencing manic depression. There is also some proof that it relates to schizophrenia.

Bipolar disorder and its related disorders come in a variety of forms. Depression and mania or hypomania may be among them. Symptoms might bring about erratic changes in mood and behavior, which can cause severe distress and make life difficult. There are the warning signs that you must have witnessed by now as per different Bipolar disorder categories -
  • Bipolar type I - You've experienced one manic episode at least, which may have been preceded or followed by severe depression or hypomanic episodes. Mania may occasionally cause a break from reality (psychosis).
  • Bipolar type II - You've never experienced a manic episode. Instead, you've had at least one major depressive episode and one hypomanic episode.
  • Cirotypic illness - You've experienced numerous hypomania symptoms and periods of depressive symptoms for at least two years or one year in adolescents and teenagers (though less severe than major depression).
  • Other categories- Bipolar illness and other associated disorders brought on by certain substances or alcohol or a physical condition like Cushing's disease, multiple sclerosis, or stroke are a few examples.
If you have been experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms above, we suggest you look for help. You can reach out to Lifebulb with our 24x7 active helpline. You can also connect with us online, simply search ‘bipolar therapy near me’, ‘bipolar treatment near me’, ‘therapy for bipolar disorder near me’ ‘bipolar specialist near me’ or ‘bipolar disorder specialists near me.’

Bipolar disorder comes in four forms:

Bipolar I disorder - People with bipolar I disorder have gone through one or more manic episodes. Although most patients with bipolar I will have both mania and depressive episodes, a depressive episode isn't required for a diagnosis. The depressive bouts typically persist for two weeks or longer. For a diagnosis of bipolar I, your manic episodes must last at least seven days or be so severe that you must be hospitalized. Mixed states can also be experienced by those with bipolar I. (episodes of both manic and depressive symptoms).

Bipolar II disorder -Depressive and hypomanic episodes are common in people with bipolar II illness. However, they never go through a full manic episode, a sign of bipolar I disease. Bipolar II disorder is frequently more incapacitating than bipolar I because chronic depression is more prevalent in bipolar II, even if hypomania is less incapacitating than mania.

Cyclothymic disorder (cyclothymia)- A persistently unstable mood characterizes the cyclothymic disorder. They go through mild sadness and hypomania for at least two years. Euthymia, or brief episodes of everyday mood, can occur in people with cyclothymia, but they seldom endure longer than eight weeks.

Other unspecified and specified bipolar and related disorders: If a person has experienced times of clinically significant aberrant mood elevation but does not fulfill the diagnostic standard for bipolar I, II, or cyclothymia, it is regarded to have other specified or undefined bipolar illness.

Psychotherapy or talk therapy could be an effective part of an individual's treatment plan. This type of treatment brings about different therapeutic methods that help an individual identify and replace negative emotions, thoughts, and feelings. This therapy also offers education, support, and a roadmap for individuals struggling with bipolar disorder. After the diagnosis, psychotherapy can become an essential part of treatment and involve different types of therapy, like -
  • Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT): - This treatment therapy is based on the idea that regular routing can facilitate improved mood management. A therapist works with an individual to balance daily routines like sleeping, exercise, and eating.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): - The primary focus of CBT is finding unhealthy, negative thoughts and feelings and changing them with healthy, positive ones. It can be a helpful method for identifying what triggers bipolar mood episodes.
  • Psychoeducation: - Familiarizing yourself with bipolar disorder can help an individual and his loved ones better understand the condition and guide and support him in finding out the issues, making a plan to avoid relapse, and sticking with a treatment plan.
  • Family-focused therapy: -
  • Social support and communication can help a person stick with the treatment and adequately handle the warning signs of potential mood swings.

Lifebulb therapists and counselors specialized in providing in-person or online therapy, counseling, care, and treatment for a wide variety of mental healthcare needs and issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma, PTSD, couples counseling, marriage counseling, life transitions, adjustment disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, child counseling, teen and adolescent therapy, anger management, career coaching, life coaching, ADHD treatment, bipolar, treatment, family therapy, panic or bipolar disorder attack, phobias, substance abuse, virtual therapy, online counseling, EMDR, EFT, and many more.

Your first session with a Lifebulb bipolar disorder therapist or counselor won't simply be a background or demographic information-gathering session - We know deciding to get help is a big deal and a difficult step. That's why our first offline or online therapy session with you will be about providing you with the service you're seeking and proving that the therapy process can work with the right effort and commitment from both sides.

We believe getting access to a bipolar disorder specialist or counselor should be quick and easy. So our process is straightforward. Simply browse our therapists' bios to find the right fit for you and schedule a virtual counseling or in-person counseling session online. Or call our office, and a team member can help ensure you're matched with the right bipolar disorder therapist or counselor for you and your goals. Whether online bipolar disorder treatment or offline therapy, your therapist will help you with an individualized bipolar disorder treatment plan to help you reach your specific goals.

If you are experiencing an emergency right now, please call 911 right away.While Lifebulb is not a crisis bipolar treatment center and Lifebulb bipolar disorder therapists and counselors are not emergency services, we understand that urgent matters can and will pop up from time to time. You will have direct email and phone access to your therapist or bipolar disorder treatment center, who will make their best effort to be available to you when you reach out. Depending on your specific bipolar disorder treatment plan, your bipolar disorder therapist may provide you with resources to use or contact when situations occur beyond the scope of your online therapy or offline therapy work together.

When you book a session with your therapist or counselor, our team will email you a confirmation of your appointment date and time with a link to the virtual bipolar disorder therapy room. Click the link and log in to the virtual therapy room a few minutes before your session, and your bipolar disorder specialists will meet you there.

Yes. All of our therapists can provide the best online bipolar disorder therapy and bipolar disorder treatment services to our clients.

We use a HIPAA-compliant video counseling service integrated into our Electronic Health Records System to provide a smooth process for our clients to engage in online therapy sessions. Booking a session with us is easy. Simply call our office or request a specific session time from our website, and a team member can book you with the best possible fit as a therapist or confirm your online session details. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual therapy.

Booking a session with us is easy and flexible, with several options. You can call our office, and a team member can book you with the best fit-in therapist. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual. Or you can select your ideal therapist from our website, select a session time that works for you, and we'll reach out to you to confirm your appointment details.

We have a flexible cancellation policy. Call our office or reach out to your counselor or bipolar disorder therapist 24 hours or more before your online therapy session time to cancel or reschedule any appointment at no cost.

bipolar disorder treatment is often a long-term process that can help improve overall mental health. It has been demonstrated that therapy can enhance feelings and behaviors and is associated with healthy adjustments to the brain and body. There is never a guaranteed "cure," but therapy helps make positive lifestyle changes.

We accept many major commercial insurance plans, including Aetna, Amerihealth, Cigna, Optum Health, United Healthcare, Tricare, and others. If you don't see your insurance listed, we would be happy to verify your benefits to see if we can accept them, and if not, we offer you an affordable self-pay rate.

At Lifebulb, we operate without any ongoing membership or fees. We believe that everyone deserves to receive the best online therapy service experience. And we believe those benefits should come free of any ongoing out-of-pocket fees simply for engaging in therapy. With us, your only session costs will be those set by your insurance provider or our low self-pay rate.

While many practices accept only self-pay clients or out-of-network benefits, at Lifebulb, we aim to keep your costs low by accepting most major insurance plans. Often the out-of-pocket expense per online therapy session is a low copay determined by your specific insurance provider and plan. We also offer a self-pay rate lower than many practices for those without insurance or simply preferring not to use their healthcare benefits for in-person or virtual therapy.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely picky about who we hire to help you achieve your therapy goals. But we understand that every bipolar disorder therapist may not be the perfect match for every client. If your therapy experience is less than you hoped, we will help you get set up to see someone you prefer.

We take the responsibility of maintaining your privacy seriously. Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at

Therapists that don't enjoy their workplace are often, unfortunately, unable to provide their clients with the best possible level of counseling and therapy. That's why at Lifebulb, our bipolar disorder therapists are our top priority. This means that your counselor or therapist can provide you, their client, with the best bipolar treatment because they enjoy the work they do in session with you, where they work, and who they work with.

Our online therapy sessions are all conducted by our therapist aid bipolar disorder in private spaces, and our video platform is contained within our HIPAA-compliant Electronic Health Records system, so your face, voice, and data are always private and protected.

Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at

At Lifebulb, our biggest difference lies in our therapists. Many practices, large and small, often put growing businesses before growing people. It may sound simple, but at Lifebulb, we treat our therapists like valuable people that provide a valuable service. What does that mean for our clients? While we believe therapists and counselors, regardless of where they work, do their best for their clients, we've found that therapists who genuinely enjoy where they work are able to provide the best therapy for bipolar disorder disorder to those they help. To that end, our primary goal at Lifebulb is to provide our therapists with the best possible environment in which to operate. In doing so, we believe Lifebulb clients are best positioned to accomplish their bipolar treatment goals through in-person counseling or virtual therapy for bipolar disorder.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely selective about the therapists we hire because we know choosing the right therapist can make all the difference in our clients reaching their goals. Our bipolar disorder therapists are all educated at the masters level and above and have received several years of hands-on training before becoming fully licensed clinicians. Even among the pool of highly trained therapists, we only work with those who align with our core values. That way, we know your bipolar disorder therapist will go the extra mile to help you and offer the best therapy for bipolar disorder disorder online or in-person counseling.

Lifebulb’s clinics has several locations for providing in-person counseling and is adding more regularly. We also provide telehealth or online therapy session services for those who may live distant from our offices.

All our counselors are highly educated and trained and have received their full clinical licensure from practicing counseling. We also thoroughly interview each of our therapists, ensure that they pass a background check, and train them in-house to work with us. Additionally, we ensure that each of our counselors and therapists participates in ongoing education to continue to provide the best in-person and online therapy services possible.

It is important that our clients work with the best possible fit as a bipolar disorder therapist for their specific treatments for bipolar disorder disorder. This is why we provide detailed bios of our therapists for our clients to review before reaching out to us. If you have a specific bipolar disorder therapist in mind to work with, we would be happy to schedule you to see them. We also understand that our clients don't always match perfectly with their therapist, and in the case of a less-than-great fit, we will help you to find the right match among our team and, if necessary, provide the best referral we can to someone more suited to help you beyond our walls.

A professional counselor is a master- or PhD-level mental health professional approved by a state licensure board to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. The exact name of a professional counselor's license can vary by state, but some of the most common are: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

We do employ licensed clinical psychologists, as psychologists can offer services, such as best online therapy services and psychological testing, that many other license types are unable to offer. Many times, your counselor or therapist can work in tandem with a psychologist to provide bipolar medication, therapy and psychological testing when necessary to better provide for your specific needs or goals. In this way, we are able to better provide for a wider range of your needs.

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