Christian Counseling for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder can be a chaotic and crippling mental health condition. Do you ever wonder if the symptoms you are experiencing might be diagnosed as bipolar? If this is you, we highly recommend you book an immediate appointment with Newport Beach Christian Counselling. Our counselors can assist you in dealing with your illness and can help you develop a treatment plan that will best manage your bipolar.
At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, we desire to see our clients move into a period of God-ordained freedom in their lives. We know that suffering from bipolar can be a debilitating thing, and we want to see people take bold steps towards freedom.
Our highly trained professionals are fully equipped to help assist you or your loved one in their mental health struggle through a tailored treatment plan. Our hope is that as a result of engaging our services you will develop the tools required to manage your symptoms effectively and will find a greater stability and peace in your life.
How do I know if I’m Bipolar?
The symptoms of bipolar can vary in both form and intensity. However, there are some strands that remain common throughout most people’s experience of the illness. You will typically suffer from very clearly defined and extreme mood swings. These usually fluctuate between mania and depression. As you can imagine, this can be very scary. Our counselors at Newport Beach Christian Counseling will assist you by providing expert support and guidance as you deal with the life-altering aspects of your illness.
Types of Bipolar Disorder
Through years of research, experts have concluded that there are two main types of bipolar disorder, handily called “Type 1” and “Type 2.” Within these two categories are a variety of symptoms, which will be professionally identified and specifically treated.
- Bipolar disorder type 1 – Those suffering from this type will likely experience typical bipolar symptoms such as manic episodes lasting one week or more, periods of major depression, and mixed episodes.
- Bipolar disorder type 2 – This is commonly understood to be a milder form of bipolar disorder. Those suffering from bipolar 2 are likely to experience less severe mood extremes and a milder form of mania known as hypomania. The mania will alternate with periods of severe depression.
At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, we can help treat your specific type of bipolar disorder and will be able to assist you in developing the methods required to successfully manage your condition.
Common Bipolar Disorder Symptoms
If you are worried that you or a loved one might be suffering from bipolar disorder, please consider these commonly associated symptoms and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if they seem familiar:
- Bipolar Depression – While major depression is in itself a very serious condition, bipolar depression is slightly different in that it involves a cycling between mania and depression. Episodes of bipolar depression are likely to last two weeks or more and are defined by the presence of extreme sadness, fatigue, lack of motivation, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.
- Bipolar Mania – Bipolar mania episodes are likely to last at least a week. Symptoms may vary but will often include elevated or extremely irritable moods, inflated self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, high levels of motivation and goal setting, racing thoughts, an increased desire for pleasurable activities such as promiscuity, spending sprees, and other acutely risky behaviors.
- Hypomania – This is a less severe form of bipolar mania and is usually present in bipolar disorder type 2. Hypomania won’t always involve risky behavior but is instead associated with periods of elevated mood and increased productivity.
- Mixed Episode – This is quite a difficult one to explain. A person experiencing mixed episodes may feel both “up” and “down” at the same time. Their mood is in disarray. Symptoms of both mania and depression may occur almost every day for at least one week.
- Rapid-Cycling – This describes the rapid change in mood from mania to depression at least four times in a 12-month period. However, each episode must last long enough to be considered a distinct episode. This experience of “rapid-cycling” can occur in both bipolar 1 and bipolar 2.
How We Can Help You Overcome Bipolar
Bipolar can be an exhausting condition to deal with. One moment you feel on top of the world and the next you may feel severely depressed and even suicidal. Therefore, it can become a very dangerous condition. When you are “manic,” you may find yourself behaving in a self-destructive way (for example, spending thousands in rash shopping sprees). Similarly, a severe depression can bring with it the increased risk of suicidal tendencies.
At Newport Beach Christian Counselling, we will endeavor to thoroughly assess your condition and may work in conjunction with your medical team to draw up a treatment plan that will be of great benefit to your overall emotional health. This may include a combination of medication and therapy.
As one WebMD article notes, “While medications are usually the cornerstone of treatment for bipolar disorder, ongoing psychotherapy is important to help patients understand and accept the personal and social disruptions of past episodes and better cope with future ones.”
That’s exactly why we do what we do. At Newport Beach Christian Counselling, your trained therapist will be diligent in offering a client-centered counseling experience and will wholeheartedly seek to help you enter into a more fulfilling, peaceful and healthy life with Jesus Christ firmly at the center.
Forms of Christian Counselling Therapy for Bipolar
At Newport Beach Christian Counselling, we are committed to undergirding all of our therapeutic work with a firm faith in Jesus Christ. We offer a variety of services that are all aimed at helping you deal with your mental health condition.
The types of psychotherapy we use to treat bipolar disorder include:
- Behavioral therapy – this teaches stress-reducing behaviors.
- Cognitive therapy – this involves identifying and modifying patterns of thinking that trigger shifts in mood.
- Interpersonal therapy – this aims to reduce tensions in relationships which are often caused by bipolar disorder.
- Social rhythm therapy – this seeks to develop and maintain a regular sleep schedule and helps nurture more predictable daily routines.
- Family therapy – this therapy type offers support for you and your family as they help you deal with your mental health struggles.
What to expect from Newport Beach Christian Counseling
Our Christian counseling service is geared toward helping you develop the essential tools required to more effectively manage your bipolar disorder. There are many elements of bipolar that can become detrimental to the Christian life.
When you are experiencing periods of mania, you may make reckless decisions that cause you to stumble into sin. We want to help you push back the darkness of mental illness and usher in a renewed sense of God’s presence in your life.
As we come alongside you in your illness and seek to assist you by working through a well-formed treatment plan, our hope is that you will be infused with a God-given hope that things can get better.
We desire to help you develop a greater understanding of your condition and will help you master your symptoms as best we can. Christian counseling can be a life-changing experience for people who suffer from bipolar and has the potential to help guide you into a new season of freedom and peace.