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Bipolar Disorder Treatment and Counselling

Individuals with bipolar disorder often have trouble managing everyday life tasks due to frequent disruptions in their mood. Bipolar disorder may also negatively impact family structure and cause distress to loved ones. There are many treatment options available that can help manage bipolar disorder symptoms. Seeking professional help for bipolar disorder and following the right bipolar disorder counselling with an expert team can accelerate recovery. Personalised bipolar disorder counselling and treatment are necessary as the disorder impacts each person in their own way.

Cadabams, India’s most trusted mental health institution, offers customised plans from a multispeciality team of bipolar disorder psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, physicians who work round the clock and are with you every step of the way. We offer world-class evidence-based treatment that is fit for all stages and types of bipolar disorder. Our experienced team has used CBT, DBT, holistic and alternative therapy, group therapy, and family therapy over the last 28 years to provide solution-oriented bipolar disorder therapy and treatment plans. Our psychiatrists and psychologists offer you a long-term recovery process and help prevent relapse in the future through our post-treatment care plan.

Talk to our psychiatrists and psychologists to find out the best-suited program for you.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder is a sustained mood disorder of alternate mania and depression episodes or both conditions existing in tandem.

Shifts in Mood

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They are different from the regular ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. 

Effects of Bipolar Disorder 

Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder is treatable, and people with this illness can lead normal and productive lives.

Prevent bipolar disorder from affecting your life with comprehensive bipolar therapy and counselling treatment plans. Call us now to talk with our counselor at +919741476476

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is one of the hardest illnesses to identify and diagnose. While some bipolar disorder symptoms  may not be easy to recognise, other symptoms are.

Some people suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed and treated. Bipolar disorder counselling and therapy are effective ways to manage the illness. Early diagnosis of bipolar disorder is essential for a speedy recovery. Knowing the symptoms of bipolar disorder and the differences between depressive and mania stages can help with diagnosis and treatment. Bipolar disorder is characterised by episodes of mania (manic phases) and depression (depressive phases). Based on the type of bipolar disorder and its severity, the episodes may vary in frequency. 

Manic phase or Mania

Manic phases of bipolar disorder are sustained periods of abnormally elevated or irritable mood, intense energy, racing thoughts, and other extreme and exaggerated behaviours. Some recognisable signs of mania include -

  • Talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts
  • Being unusually distracted
  • Increasing activities, such as multiple new projects
  • Being overly restless
  • Sleeping little or not being tired
  • Having an unrealistic belief in self abilities
  • Behaving impulsively and engaging in pleasurable, high-risk behaviours
  • Extreme irritability
  • An overly happy or outgoing mood
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Self-harming behaviours or suicidal thoughts

Depressive phase or Depression

Depressive phases of bipolar disorder are marked by periods of intense and persistent low mood and loss of interest in things/activities once found pleasurable. Some recognisable signs of bipolar depression include -

  • Feeling overly tired or slowed down
  • Having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • Being restless or irritable
  • Changing eating, sleeping, or other habits
  • Thinking of death or suicide, or attempting suicide
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex
  • Feeling sad or helpless

Hypomania

A milder form of mania, hypomania is observed in certain types of bipolar disorder. Symptoms of hypomania are -

  • Increased distraction 
  • Impulsivity and involve in high-risk activities that have high potential for negative consequences
  • Extremely goal-driven behaviour
  • Increased and noticeable fidgetiness or restlessness
  • Flight of ideas or a feeling of racing thoughts
  • Unrealistic sense of superiority 
  • Reduced need for sleep 
  • Unusual talkativeness and excitability

Types of Bipolar Disorder 

There are 4 distinguished types of bipolar disorder. The types are determined by the intensity and the frequency of manic and depressive episodes. The Based on the type of the illness, the treatment plans may differ. It is important to diagnose the right type of bipolar disorder for a successful recovery. 

Bipolar I

This type of bipolar disorder is characterised by the presence of at least one manic episode. Depressive episodes also occur but may co-occur with mania. The depressive episodes may be shorter or less intense with Bipolar 1 disorder.

Bipolar II

Bipolar 2 is a type of bipolar disorder in which manic episodes are not observed. It is characterised by periods of depressive and hypomanic episodes.

Rapid cycling

A severe type of bipolar disorder that affects only around 1 in 10 people with bipolar disorder. A person with rapid cyclic bipolar disorder experiences at least 4 episodes of mania and depression in a year.

Cyclothymia

In cyclothymia, the intensity of the hypomanic and depressive episodes is lower. However, it is more persistent and may develop into bipolar disorder if not treated.

Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis 

Diagnosing bipolar disorder involves several steps due to the misinformation surrounding the topic. The right bipolar disorder counselling and treatment plan starts with a detailed diagnostic procedure. A well-rounded diagnostic procedure that helps identify the causal and risk factors, type and severity of the illness and their personal history, ensures that all aspects of bipolar disorder treatment can be successfully managed. Early diagnosis is essential to have a successful and speedy recovery.

Diagnostic Process at Cadabams

Our multi-facilitated team is involved in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, and therapists work together using clinically-approved assessments to determine the symptoms, severity, causes of bipolar disorder. 

Psychometric Assessments for Diagnosis

Psychiatrists and psychologists conduct multiple clinical assessments to accurately diagnose bipolar disorder. Our team of experts follows a clinically-verified and uses various psychometric tests and exams before confirming the diagnosis. 

Living with bipolar disorder is challenging, but with proper bipolar disorder treatment, healthy managing and coping skills, along with a solid support system, you can live a fully independent life while managing your bipolar disorder symptoms.

Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder - Mania, Depression and Mixed Episodes

Depressive episodes –severe lack of interest and or sadness, major changes in weight and appetite, disturbing change in sleep and activity, suicidal thoughts, etc. Lasting for more than 2 weeks at a stretch.

Mania episode — over-inflated self-esteem or grandiosity, difficulty to find sleep, constant chattering, restlessness, difficulty in concentration (distractibility), over-indulgence in pleasurable activities. Lasting for at least 1 week.

Mixed episode — Criteria for both manic and depressive mood changes are met with alternating over 1 week; impairment in occupational and or social functioning; use of substance abuse that induced such an episode is ruled out.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment Options

Bipolar disorder symptoms can persist and may be difficult to manage. However, with the right treatment, it can be treated. The right Bipolar disorder counselling and treatment caters to different needs of the patient and the caregivers. At Cadabams, we ensure that all bipolar disorder symptoms are addressed with our comprehensive treatment plans and community support.

We provide extensive in-patient, outpatient, home and community care plans built with an aim for long-term recovery. Our experienced and multispeciality team prepares personalised bipolar disorder care plans for every individual with an emphasis on holistic bipolar disorder counselling and treatment. Our hallmark services like caregiver support, post-treatment care, social skills training, group therapy and occupational therapy 

Proper Bipolar Disorder Treatment helps many people with bipolar disorder gain better control of their symptoms. However, because it is a lifelong illness, long-term, continuous treatment is needed to control symptoms.

Treatment is more effective if you work closely with a psychiatrist and talk openly about your concerns and choices. An effective maintenance plan usually includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

Medication management

 Medications are an integral part of treatment for bipolar disorder and are usually the first part of treatment. Generally, ‘mood stabilizers’ are initially used to treat acute manic episodes, and depression in bipolar disorder. Antidepressants may also be used to manage depressive episodes. Some drugs that are commonly used in treating bipolar disorder are ‘lithium’, valproates’, carbamazepine, Clonazepam, atypical and typical antipsychotics. Doctors at Cadabams - psychiatrists and physicians - provide the necessary medications to manage bipolar disorder symptoms and increase functioning.

Psychotherapy for bipolar disorder

Psychotherapy is important for bipolar disorder treatment. Psychotherapy helps in building insight and allows for a safe space to discuss feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It helps in building healthy coping mechanisms to function well in your life and career and avoid relapses.

Talk to our psychiatrists & psychologists at Cadabam’s Hospitals to chalk out the best treatment plan for you. 

The different types of psychotherapy used for bipolar disorder are - 

1. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps in recognising thought patterns, perceptions and behaviour of the person with bipolar disorder. This type of bipolar disorder counselling promotes self-reflection with professional help, positive thinking, and builds healthy coping strategies and appropriate behaviour to deal with the disorder. At Cadabams, psychologists, counsellors and therapists work with the patient and family to combat bipolar disorder.  

2. Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), focuses on accepting the unpleasant emotions, thoughts, and behaviours caused by the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

At Cadabams, experienced psychologists use this solution-oriented and evidence-based bipolar therapy in our treatment plans to focus on the healthy management of stress and emotions.

3. Family Therapy and Caregiver Support

Family issues can serve as a cause of developing bipolar disorder and can contribute to persisting bipolar disorder symptoms. If these issues are not dealt with, there could be a reduction in the chances of bipolar disorder recovery or it may slow down the recovery process. Our experts address any conflicts in the family and promote the well-being of all individuals involved while facilitating recovery of the individual.

Caring for people with bipolar disorder can be tiring and confusing. We offer bipolar therapy and caregiver support to help address any intra-family conflicts and encourage caregivers to be the companion their loved ones need. At Cadabams, our qualified family therapists and psychiatric social workers work directly with the family and the caregivers to help with long-term recovery. 

4. Group Therapy 

Group counselling is essential for the recovery of a person with bipolar disorder symptoms. This bipolar disorder counselling technique is used at Cadabams to help them motivate and support each other to focus on long-term recovery with the help of expert counsellors and psychotherapists. 

5. Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT)

Interpersonal therapy helps facilitate the resolution of existing interpersonal problems like unresolved interpersonal grief and disputes, interpersonal isolation. It focuses on stabilizing a person’s daily routine. Experienced psychologists and psychotherapists conduct this therapy at Cadabams to help people with bipolar disorder better manage the shifts in moods and behaviour that is one of the common symptoms of bipolar disorder. 

6. Social skills training and Occupational Therapy 

Social skills training is conducted by psychologists and therapists in an attempt to improve social interactions and communication for people with bipolar disorder. A hallmark service offered by Cadabams, social skills training for bipolar disorder helps in overall development and management of bipolar disorder while facilitating high-levels of functioning in the society. Additionally, Cadabams also offers occupational therapy for people with bipolar disorder to better equip them to attain ideal work-life balance and learn the appropriate skills to continue working while managing bipolar disorder symptoms.

6. Holistic and Alternative therapy

Different types of holistic and alternative therapies are used to supplement the treatment for bipolar disorder symptoms. At Cadabams, we work extensively with individuals with bipolar disorder and their families to develop a customised treatment plan that best suits them. We offer a wide range of alternative therapies including yoga, guided meditation, Ayurveda, exercise among others. We use guided meditation techniques, yoga, and exercise along with healthy diet plans to ensure a long-term recovery for people with bipolar disorder.

Electroconvulsive therapy 

For those who do not respond well to medication and psychotherapy, we offer ECT which helps in the regulation of certain neurotransmitters. It is generally used only in severe cases of bipolar disorder and is recognised world-wide as an effective treatment plan for bipolar disorder. At Cadabams, experienced and licensed psychiatrists provide ECT for people with severe bipolar disorder. ECT is conducted along with other psychotherapies and medications.

Bipolar Disorder Recovery with Treatment

Hospitalisation, Psychotherapy and Medication for Bipolar Disorder

Recovering from bipolar disorder can be extremely challenging. Hospitalization or in-patient services may be required for bipolar disorder treatment. Our In-patient and out-patient plans cater to all your needs.

With our holistic bipolar disorder treatment plan, we acknowledge and address all bipolar disorder symptoms. Our bipolar disorder counselling and psychotherapy is renowned and recognised. Our expert multispeciality team works with individuals and their loved ones to properly battle bipolar disorder and its symptoms. We work tirelessly to customise a long-term recovery plan especially for you and your needs. 

Crisis Management 

Sudden shifts in mood and behaviour observed in people with bipolar disorder may lead to emergency situations. We work in close contact with all stakeholders involved in the case of an emergency. Our specialised crisis intervention team is trained to de-escalate tension and extend all necessary support for you and your loved one’s safety. Kindly note our emergency helpline number +919741476476 for any crisis management. 

Post-Treatment Care

Our treatment does not end with discharge. Our community mental health care plans for bipolar disorder help you remain on the path to recovery. Through our Post-treatment Care services and Home Mental Care, we ensure that you continue on the road to recovery. 

Community and Home Mental Health Care

Community and Home Mental Healthcare

If you cannot visit us for your treatment, we will bring the treatment to your house. We offer comprehensive treatment plans from the comfort of your home.  

  • Home visit by a multispecialty team of psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians and nurses to get to know the individual.
  • Clinical assessments accepted worldwide are used to determine the type and severity of illness after consulting the family. 
  • Customised care plans are laid out focusing on long-term recovery. Physiotherapy, and fitness programs are provided based on need.    
  • Supportive services for caregivers are a priority for us at Cadabams. We offer therapies and interventions   to ensure the well-being of caregivers.

Reach out to our expert professionals for a tailored home care plan.

Talk to us now!

Your long-term recovery is our priority. With our comprehensive bipolar disorder counselling, we are involved in your recovery, every step of the way. We offer personalised Post-Diagnostic Support for bipolar disorder to familiarise the patient and the family with bipolar disorder symptoms and familiarise them with the appropriate bipolar disorder care plan they need. We understand that bipolar disorder affects everybody. Guaranteeing a healthy support system for caregivers and providing caregiver therapy is of prime importance to us.

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Why Cadabams?

We use our 28+ years of expertise to ensure that you get the treatment you need and deserve. Our multispecialty team of psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, and physicians continually works with you and your family members to ensure a well-rounded and holistic bipolar disorder treatment. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, experienced professionals, and strong community support, we offer world-class evidence-based treatment that is fit for all stages and all types of bipolar disorder. As pioneers in private behavioural healthcare services, we pride ourselves on our renowned psychotherapy,  pharmacotherapy, neurofeedback, and community-based treatment for bipolar disorder.       

Bipolar disorder is a disorder that is best combated with the support of trained professionals. Our programs help you or your loved one recover by using the top therapeutic interventions used worldwide. Our high-quality and comfortable facilities, qualified mental health professionals, caregiver support plans, post-diagnostic support, post-care support and crisis intervention ensure that all your needs are met. At Cadabams, we care for you.

Bipolar Disorder FAQs: Your Queries Answered by Our Professionals

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a psychological illness that is characterised by abnormally happy, elevated moods (called mania) and low moods (called depressive moods). Sudden shifts in these moods are observed in a person with bipolar disorder.

The illness can deeply affect everyday functioning and cause distress to both the individual and their loved ones.
There are different types of bipolar disorders and the symptoms may differ based on the severity and the individual. Early diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder is necessary for a stable and speedy recovery.

Is bipolar disorder curable?

Bipolar disorder is treatable and manageable with professional support. Recovery is highly dependent on the individual and the specific risk factors that caused the disorder. However, with the right treatment plans, pre-diagnostic levels of functioning can be achieved and recovery is possible.

What causes bipolar disorder?

There is no single observable cause for bipolar disorder. However, research shows that it is caused by a combination of  genetic, psychological and environmental causes.

How to treat bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder can be treated with therapy, medication, and alternative therapies. In severe cases, ECT, rTMS and rehabilitation can also be used to treat bipolar disorder.  

Cadabams offers a combination of different psychotherapies, medication, ECT and other holistic treatment plans based on the individual’s needs. We also provide social skills training and occupational therapy to increase functioning and support overall recovery. 

What to expect at my first counselling session for bipolar disorder?

At Cadabams, your first bipolar disorder counselling session will involve a detailed evaluation of your and your family’s medical history. You will have to explain the bipolar disorder symptoms you are experiencing. Our professionals will then work with you and loved ones to develop a personalized treatment plans that best suits your needs.

Is normal life possible when living with Bipolar Disorder?

With the right treatment plans, compliance from the individual and minimal support from loved ones, living a “normal”, fully-functional life is definitely possible. However, it is essential to periodically check in with your care team as suggested and continue with the prescribed treatment.

At Cadabams, we aim to provide complete social, psychological and physical recovery through our comprehensive treatment plans and post-treatment care services.   

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Bipolar Disorder Treatment and Counselling

  • Manic episodes/depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Impulsive
  • Restlessness
  • Self-harm tendency
  • Disorganised behaviour
  • Loss of interest/over-involvement in activities
  • Difficulty falling asleep/excessive sleepiness.

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Dr. Vishal Kasal

Dr Vishal Kasal
MBBS (Psychiatry), M.D.(Psychiatry)

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Mala Murlidhar

Mala Murlidhar
PH.D. (Clinical Psychology), MS (Clinical Psychology), BA (Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

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