Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
The primary components of Bipolar Disorder represent a spectrum of symptoms that generally fit into two categories: depressive symptoms and mania. While an individual may not have a clear “episode” of either depression or mania, there must be a period of time in which both of these symptoms exist in succession in order to fall within the Bipolar Disorder spectrum.
Depressive symptoms typically include lack of energy, feelings of hopelessness, muscle soreness, lack of concentration, and a significant decrease in interest in previously enjoyed activities.
Mania is generally thought of as an increase in positive or “up” feelings, but it will also likely include bursts of energy, intense focus on specific activities, impulsivity, irritability, or hypersexuality.
In all of these cases, these symptoms are very rarely only experienced for a short period of time, but generally last at least a number of days or weeks.
Treatment for Bipolar Disorder and Counseling Options
There are traditional two parts to treating Bipolar Disorder Type I or Type II: medical intervention and psychotherapy. While many choose not to use medication management options, this would require strict use of routine and proactive therapeutic treatments to be as effective.
If the depressive and manic symptoms continue to increase in their severity, including suicidal thoughts or extremely risky behaviors, hospitalization or higher levels of care may need to be considered.
Following a reduction in symptoms, the underlying cause is generally treated using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), or cognitive-based therapy in conjunction with medicinal interventions, depending on the severity.
Green Mountain Counseling accepts the following major insurance carriers:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
Sliding Scale Information
Green Mountain Counseling also offers therapy discounts to accommodate individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties. These reduced rate sessions are on a case-by-case basis and are limited. If you are interested in therapy discounts, please inform the clinician when you schedule an appointment.
We also provide our therapy services at affordable rates for clients on out-of-network plans or those who wish to self-pay. Fees for services typically range from $100 to $150, depending on the length and type of the session.