Grand Rapids Bipolar Disorder Therapy

Therapy for Bipolar Depression—Counselors in Grand Rapids, MI

Without warning, Doug is having a hard time. At work, he cannot stay focused on any single task. Even checking little things off his to-do list feels impossible, which is strange to Doug because he is usually so productive. Doug started as an online sales manager at a pawnshop a few months ago. The first three months, he crushed the previous manager’s eBay sales numbers. Sure, Doug barely slept, but he did not want to stop. Now, it is like the opposite is true. Doug’s energy has dried up. His friends are worried too. They used to go out partying, but now Doug barely leaves his house.

Doug’s friends are understandably worried. The dramatic shifts in mood and energy that Doug has experienced may be a sign that something deeper is plaguing him. Doug may be struggling with Bipolar Depression, a mental illness where people shift between episodes of high, frenetic energy and low, depressed moods.

Bipolar Depression may feel like scary words, but many people who have this diagnosis are able to find the treatment they need. Like any other illness, they often must work closely with a mental health professional to arrive at a particular diagnosis and to formulate an effective treatment plan, but with help and support, many people with Bipolar lead productive, happy lives.

Thriveworks Grand Rapids understands the challenges that Bipolar Depression introduces into a person’s life. We have worked with many clients to help them find a tailored treatment plan that meets their particular diagnosis of Bipolar and their particular needs. We want to help.

Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms and Signs

When people experience extreme shifts in their mood—from normal to euphoria to despondent to irritable to forlorn to normal—they may have Bipolar Disorder. These shifts can feel erratic and incomprehensible. Often, people with Bipolar scare themselves and their loved ones with their own behavior. It is important to remember, that Bipolar is a serious mental illness. People who have this diagnosis deserve care and patience.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) has outlined the symptoms of Bipolar Depression, and these diagnostics can help people with Bipolar as well as their loved ones understand what they may be experiencing. There are two sets of criteria: those that outline depressive episodes and those that outline manic episodes. People must have experienced both episodes to have Bipolar Depression.

During Bipolar’s depression cycle, people experience an empty, sad, weepy, and/or generally low mood and a lack of interest in daily activities for a period of two weeks. In addition to the depressed and disinterested mood, people must also experience at least three of these signs:

  1. Changes in one’s weight or appetite—an increase or decrease.
  2. An inability to stay focused or make a decision.
  3. Escalated or slowed psychomotor activity—possibly rapid finger tapping or slower speech.
  4. Deteriorating energy and stamina.
  5. Insomnia or hypersomnia—sleeping too much or being unable to sleep.
  6. Desperate and powerful feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness.
  7. Repetitive thoughts of death and suicide.

This depressive phase must persist for a significant portion of each day during a continuous, two-week period. However, depression is but one side of the coin when it comes to Bipolar. The depressive phase will give way to mania.

Manic episodes are, at times, stereotyped as euphoric highs, and they can be. However, many people experience mania as intensified emotions of irritability and anger. The DSM-5 describes mania as follows:

  1. An extraordinarily state of irritation or jubilation that persists for at least one week.
  2. When the state is jubilant, then three of the following symptoms must be displayed to be considered mania. If the state is irritable, then four signs must be experienced.
    • A mind that never settles.
    • Drastically reduced need for sleep.
    • Attention that cannot focus.
    • Planning obsessively toward goal-directed activities.
    • Excessive talking.
    • An overly inflated sense of self.
    • Potentially harmful or risky behavior.
  3. A drug or medication cannot be responsible for causing these behaviors.
  4. These signs must be so severe that they do at least one of the following:
    • Disturb an individual’s personal or professional life.
    • Cause a hospitalization.
    • Psychosis is experienced.

Bipolar Depression is not a singular diagnosis. There are many versions of the illness and subcategories within the different types. Just as a patient with diabetes must work closely with doctors to find treatment, so working with a mental health professional is key for treating Bipolar Depression.

Getting Help for Bipolar at Thriveworks Grand Rapids

As you read through the description of Bipolar Depression, did any of the symptoms of mania or depression sounds familiar? If so, you are not alone. Many people have Bipolar Depression, and they are finding ways to thrive. A serious mental health diagnosis like Bipolar means people will need significant support, and that support is available. There are groups in-person and online that can help people understand their illness and process what is happening to them. There are also caring and trained professionals ready to formulate a treatment plan that could help you. Thriveworks Grand Rapids has appointments available for Bipolar, and our professionals are ready to help.

When you reach out to our office, you may have your first appointment within 24 hours. We offer weekend and evening appointments. We also work with most insurance providers to keep the cost of treatment as low as possible.

Let’s work together for healing. Contact Thriveworks Grand Rapids today.

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Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
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I am so pleased with my therapist, Lori. She does an outstanding job. When I read her specialties online I knew I had the right person, but when I met her for the first time I was convinced. I’ve raved about her to numerous people and have recommended Thriveworks a few times to people I know - everyone could use a Lori in their lives to help sort things out. The old adage comes to mind: “if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.” I am learning the skills to live and navigate life circumstances. I am calmer, happier and better off than I was when I first walked through the door. I’ve been given a gift and I am most grateful for all her help.
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No compassion

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I saw Nancy. I specifically asked for someone who SPECIALIZES in domestic abuse. I am in an abusive relationship and she kept telling me "it's your choice to stay." She always questioned why I felt things or did things, like I should have this all figured out. I'm seeking therapy because I feel like I cannot leave and I know that's not a good thing. She had no compassion for what I have been through and just said it's my choice. No addressing the pain I've been through and how I have been affected by this. I feel like I can't leave because I feel like I would fall apart if I left, but I feel like I'm dying inside the relationship. This is a whole process that occurs over a long period of time. I have no self esteem, I have tried to leave and there are so many threats and manipulation, etc. I get shit from everyone about leaving, like its as simple as that for me. I wanted compassion from a counselor. I needed validation of my feelings, not another person telling me that I choose to live like this, like I want my life to be a living hell. I realize that I do make this choice ultimately, but there is so much more to this situation and I needed to process it. I am a doormat to everyone and she just asks why I do this. I NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHY and how to change! Her tone and questioning made me feel like she was being judgemental. She is a nice person, but she is not therapeutic. I couldn't move on with her after this. It felt like she was invalidating my feelings just like the rest of the world, like nothing I feel is real and I'm crazy. I shut down. I got a letter about being non compliant, that's why. It was no longer a priority for me to go and get treated like that. She never tried to help me process my feelings, just to say positive phrases to myself and eat healthy and exercise. This stuff is good, but doesn't help me deal with the things I have been through.
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Awesome!

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I have nothing but good things to say about my therapy with Lori. I was hesitant to begin a therapy regimine without knowing anything about the therapist. After the first session I knew I had found the right person. Lori is so adept at pinpointing the problems and gives very useful ideas of how to handle them. She is very personable and easy to talk with. I will miss these sessions but I have the confidence to know I have the tools to deal with whatever comes my way. I am a much happier person!
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All is well!

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All is well!
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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions

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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions with my son!
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My therapist is amazing

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My therapist is amazing she listens to everything I say she is very nice and kind I would recommend her to anybody that needs help i am so blessed to have her
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Good grasp of my problem.

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Good grasp of my problem.
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Very professional

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I actually did not get to

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I actually did not get to bring in my daughters due to a personal issue, but when I spoke with their therapist over the phone she was very helpful and although she isn’t my therapist she talked to me about my issue and helped me calm down preventing a panic attack that was starting. I am very thankful to her and will be rescheduling my daughters to see her.
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Everything was great.

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Everything was great. Alot of information given
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I look forward to

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I look forward to working with Jason.
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Lori is amazing.

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Amazing availability

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The therapists availability is amazing. The scheduling was smooth as well as paperwork. Thank you!
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Work Wonders

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Integrity!

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Wonderful

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is wonderful - the office is beautiful, the therapists are amazing and everyone makes you feel so comfortable. Thank you, thank you!
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Great Therapy!

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You won't find a better therapist than Olja Haglund! She moved here recently from another practice where I originally was her patient and I "moved" here with her. If you are looking for a therapist who will give you what you need, not what you want, look no further....I highly recommend and the professionals who work here!
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