Bipolar disorder can be difficult to understand, diagnose, treat and difficult to cope with in a family. A person with bipolar disorder experiences periods of both mania (high energy, euphoria) and depression. Bipolar disorder can develop at any age, but the average age of onset is 25. About 3% of the U.S. population is diagnosed with bipolar disorder annually.
To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a person has to have experienced at least one depressive episode and one manic or hypomanic (a milder form of mania) episode. Diagnosing bipolar disorder involves looking at a number of factors, including the severity and frequency of mood swings, behaviors, medical history, risk factors and any history of substance abuse.
Get Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
Crosswinds partners with families who are experiencing the effects of bipolar disorder. Whether a parent, a spouse or a child has been diagnosed, Crosswinds counselors connect families to resources and appropriate medical care. Additionally, our counselors are trained to facilitate cognitive behavioral therapy and family-focused therapy to help manage symptoms and the impact of the illness on the entire family unit. Crosswinds educates families about bipolar disorder and helps clients implement self-management strategies. Our faith-based approach integrates spiritual disciplines, prayer and Biblical principles to add value and significance to families’ lives.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or exhibits symptoms you think could indicate bipolar disorder, Crosswinds is here to help.