DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR DISORDER

treatment with Kim Strong

Depression

Depression can be paralyzing and abruptly stop you in your tracks. It is a serious illness that no one deserves to suffer from.

It can be easy to slip into and so difficult to get out of without help outside of ourselves.  How severely it affects you is unique to your life experiences and cultural perspectives.

 

I will help you dissect and better understand the cause and contributions to your depression, and provide interventions to help you challenge, change and cope with the devastation it can bring.

 

Symptoms of depression may include (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017):

 

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

  • Fatigue and decreased energy

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

  • Irritability, restlessness

  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that you once enjoyed, including sex

  • Overeating or appetite loss

  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches or cramps, or digestive problems that do not seem to

    get better with treatment

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings

  • Thoughts of suicide

Bipolar Disorder 

 

Bipolar disorder can disrupt your life with symptoms of depression and/or mania. Individuals are often misdiagnosed for years before obtaining the proper resources. A proper diagnosis will account for the length, frequency, and severity of your symptoms.

 

Learning how to identify these symptoms in yourself is essential in helping you gain back control over your life. While living with Bipolar Disorder can be challenging for you and those close to you, I want to help you learn to cope with the ups and downs of and reduce the fear associated with them.

In our work together there are no stigmas or preconceived notions about who you are. I have worked with many clients with Bipolar Disorder and understand the unpredictability it can bring to one thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I am prepared to meet you just as you are when you come to session. The goal is to bring balance into your life through therapeutic empowerment and change.

 

Symptoms of Bipolar I disorder may include (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017):

 

The illness has two (bi) strongly contrasting phases (polar): Mania and depression

 

Mania symptoms include:

  • Euphoria or irritability

  • ‪Increased energy and activity

  • Excessive talk or racing thoughts

  • Inflated self-esteem

  • Unusual energy; less need for sleep than usual

  • Impulsiveness, reckless gratification (fast driving, shopping sprees, promiscuous sex, or spontaneous travel)

 

Depression symptoms include:

  • Depressed mood and low self-esteem

  • Low energy levels and apathy

  • Sadness, loneliness, helplessness, guilt

  • Slow speech, fatigue, and poor concentration

  • Insomnia or over sleeping

  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings

  • Lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities

 

If this sounds like you, please reach out today for a free consultation. You owe it to yourself.