Supporting People with Bipolar
Living with bipolar disorder can present unique challenges as individuals experience alternating periods of intense mood swings. At Takes Care Specialist Centre, Takes Care Specialist Centre offers comprehensive assistance for individuals with bipolar disorder, providing a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss their experiences. Our team helps clients develop effective coping strategies, manage mood fluctuations, regulate sleep patterns, and explore medication options in collaboration with healthcare professionals.
Mental health conditions affect millions of people worldwide, and one of the most complex and challenging disorders to navigate is bipolar disorder. In this page, we will delve into the depths of bipolar disorder, exploring its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Understanding bipolar disorder is crucial not only for those living with the condition but also for their loved ones and society as a whole.
What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
When Should I See My Doctor?
While the exact causes of bipolar disorder remain unknown, it is believed to be a result of a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurochemical factors. Individuals with a family history of bipolar disorder are at a higher risk of developing the condition. Furthermore, certain environmental stressors, such as traumatic life events or substance abuse, may trigger bipolar episodes in susceptible individuals.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms that may indicate bipolar disorder, it is crucial to consult a medical professional. Some common signs of bipolar disorder include:
Manic episodes: Feelings of extreme happiness or euphoria, increased energy levels, reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, impulsive behaviour, and an inflated sense of self-importance.
Depressive episodes: Persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide.
If these symptoms are interfering with daily functioning, relationships, or causing distress, it is essential to seek medical attention.
How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?
Initial assessment: The doctor will discuss your symptoms, medical history, and family history to understand the duration, intensity, and frequency of mood swings.
Mood charting: Keeping a record of your moods, sleep patterns, and any significant life events can provide valuable information for accurate diagnosis.
Psychological evaluation: The healthcare professional may use psychological assessments and interviews to rule out other potential causes of your symptoms.
Collaborative approach: It is important to involve loved ones in the diagnostic process as they can provide valuable observations and insights.
How is Bipolar Disorder Managed?
Managing bipolar disorder usually involves a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes. Here are some common approaches:
Medication: Mood stabilizers, such as lithium or anticonvulsants, are often prescribed to help regulate mood swings. Sometimes, antidepressants or antipsychotics may also be prescribed in combination with mood stabilizers.
Psychotherapy: Various forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and family-focused therapy (FFT), can help individuals develop coping strategies, manage stress, and improve relationships.
Lifestyle changes: Maintaining a stable routine, practicing good sleep hygiene, exercising regularly, and avoiding alcohol and illicit substances can help manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.
Support network: Building a support network of understanding family members, friends, and support groups can provide invaluable emotional support and guidance throughout the journey.
Get a Referral To See A Psychologist
To be able to claim a Medicare rebate you will need to speak to your GP to refer you to a psychologist. Once you have initiated your Mental Health Treatment Plan you can claim a rebate from Medicare for up to 10 appointments with a clinical psychologist. Mention this in your initial call and we can guide you in this process.
Our Clinic Location and Reach
Our Mental Health and Psychology Practice is conveniently located in Woolloongabba, our practice is easily accessible by public transport. We proudly serve not only the surrounding suburbs of Coorparoo, Camp Hill, Morningside, and Carina but also receive referrals from various Brisbane suburbs, including Albion and Kedron. Through telehealth, we extend our psychology services to rural areas in QLD, NSW, and Victoria, ensuring that distance doesn’t hinder your access to quality care.