Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that has an unpredictable course of ups and downs. Left untreated, these ups and downs can be devastating. Recurring manic and depressive episodes that characterize the disorder can make it challenging to lead a stable, productive life. In the manic phase, you may be hyperactive, moody and irresponsible. In the depressive phase, it may be difficult to do anything at all. Early diagnosis and treatment can help avoid complications.

Successful treatment of bipolar disorder is possible and depends on a combination of factors. Medication alone is not enough. In order to get the most from treatment, it is important to be educated about bipolar disorder, communicate with your doctors and therapists, be willing to monitor your condition, have a strong support system, make healthy lifestyle choices, and stick to your treatment plan.  Felicia Snell at Sunstone Counseling has the training and successful experience helping people with bipolar disorder lead as productive lives as possible.

Recovering from bipolar disorder doesn’t happen overnight. The mood swings of bipolar disorder causes treatment to have its own ups and downs. Treatment takes time and motivation, but with careful management and a commitment to feeling better, it is possible to get symptoms under control and live a full and rich life.