Bipolar Disorder results in unusual and often dramatic ups and downs in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out routine tasks. There is no single cause of Bipolar Disorder, but it does run in families. Many with bipolar disorder “self-medicate” using alcohol, illicit drugs, as well as behavioral “acting out,” which impacts family, friends, and often employment. PTSD, social phobia, and ADD often co-occur with bipolar spectrum disorders. SPECT scans show that the brains of people with bipolar disorder have a number of unique features when compared to scans of those who do not.
We understand how overwhelming bipolar disorder can be for the person diagnosed, as well as for their loved ones. We offer support counseling and therapy designed to repair stressed relationships by consulting with the diagnosed person’s medical team.