Bipolar disorder, formerly manic depression, is a mental disorder with periods of depression and periods of elevated mood. Symptoms associated with bipolar disorder differ in line with the varying nature of the condition. However, certain behavioural patterns are common. These include elevated mood also known as mania or hypomania, depending on its severity. During mania an individual behaves or feels particularly energetic, optimistic or irritable, decision making and judgement can become impaired and speech may speed up. During periods of depression there may be anxiety (low to intense), suicidal thoughts, less sleep, changes to appetite, changes to libido, poor eye contact and risk of suicide. Many people with bipolar disorder can develop psychotic symptoms.

Generally 5% of people suffering from mental disorders are prey to Bipolar disorder at or after 25 years of age. We offer treatment for both the types of Bipolar disorder as well as Cyclothymic Disorder (less long lasting depressive moods) and Rapid- cycling (4 or more mood episodes in a 12 month period):

  1. Type 1 which is characterized by severe mood episodes with the occurrence one or more manic or mixed episodes.
  2. Type 2 is a milder form of mood elevation which is characterized by at least one episode of hypomania and at least one episode of major depression.

The following steps can form part of your process of work with Poppy:

  • Exploration the history of symptoms, evaluation of the trend of episodes, identification of key components and contributing factors as well as psychological education and management for preventative care.
  • Discussing the cycle of thoughts, emotions and behaviours
  • Understanding the costs and consequences of behaviour, surrounding relationships and potential opportunities lost.
  • Learning about emotional suppression and the psychology of emotion.
  • Identifying inner conflicts that sabotage progression and wellness.
  • Developing open, authentic relating so that any disturbing behaviour is no longer needed as a strategy for coping.
  • Discovering and then mastering the methods for building and maintaining a healthy, happy, progressive and successful future.