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660 people sought bipolar disorder therapy help in Tennessee in the last year

Discover how starting bipolar disorder therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Bipolar disorder therapy

What is Bipolar disorder therapy?

Bipolar disorder therapy from our providers at Thriveworks in Johnson City, TN is an effective form of mental health treatment for those with bipolar disorder. It helps one to better navigate their unique experience, which might come with the hypomanic, manic, or depressive episodes.

How does Bipolar disorder therapy work?

Bipolar disorder therapy works to help you manage your specific symptoms as well as improve your relationships. It can also help you cope with stress, a major contributor to the disorder.

Is Bipolar disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Our bipolar disorder therapy services are conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you when working with one of providers at Thriveworks in Johnson City, TN.

How long does Bipolar disorder therapy last?

The length of bipolar disorder therapy sessions will vary from one person to the next, dependent on their specific needs. However, short-term, problem-focused therapy for bipolar disorder typically lasts for 12-16 weeks. Therapy may last longer for those who have more severe or persistent symptoms.

Need more help deciding?

Bipolar disorder affects almost six million people in the United States. Each form of bipolar involves cycling between two states of mind—depression and mania. A key to managing bipolar disorder is to work with a therapist who has experience with this mental illness because there are effective treatments for it. Many people who receive a bipolar diagnosis are able to manage the unnatural mood swings and live successful, fulfilling lives.

Thriveworks in Johnson City, TN has counselors and therapists with extensive experience helping people fight their bipolar bisorder. We understand the psychological, social, physical, and emotional challenges that bipolar brings into an individual’s life, and we also understand how to overcome these. Our hope is that our clients find the treatment they need for their bipolar so that they can live their lives.

Defining Mania and Depression

When someone has bipolar Depression, their behavior and state of mind can confuse and bewilder their loved ones and even themselves. Understanding how the illness functions is often a key to healing. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) describes in details each cycle of bipolar—mania and depression.

“Depression is a painfully slow, crashing death.
Mania is the other extreme, a wild roller coaster run off its tracks.”
― David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

When people who have bipolar are swung into the depression phase, then they will feel intense weepiness, numbness, and/or sadness for the majority of each day and for a continuous two-week period. Additionally, a severe apathy toward daily activities will be experienced along with at least three of the following signs:

  1. Thoughts of suicide and/or death.
  2. Dark emotions such as guilt, shame, and/or worthlessness.
  3. Drained energy and endurance.
  4. Changes in one’s psychomotor activity (e.g., slowed speech or rapid toe-tapping).
  5. Fluctuations in weight and/or appetite.
  6. Challenges with making decisions or focusing.
  7. Hypersomnia or insomnia.

If depression is the low point on the bipolar rollercoaster, then mania is the high point. Mania is often stereotyped as a happy high, and many people experience it as such. However, mania can also be a frenetic irritation. Whether mania is euphoria or irritation, it is often a scary, harmful phase. The DSM-5 describes in more detail:

  1. Mania is an escalated state of mind that could include elation or contentiousness. This frenetic state must last for a minimum of one week.
  2. With this escalation, at least three of the following symptoms will be present with elation and four will be present when contentiousness is experienced:
    • Talking more than normal.
    • Planning excessively and obsessively for a goal.
    • Taking risks and putting oneself in potentially dangerous situations financially, physically, and/or sexually.
    • Thoughts and feelings that constantly race.
    • Little sleep but high energy.
    • Quickly jumping between tasks with constant movement.
    • A distorted and over-exaggerated self-image.
  3. These moods and behaviors will lead to at least one of the following result to be considered mania:
    • Hospitalization to prevent potential harm or to treat caused injuries.
    • An episode of psychosis, hallucination, or delusion.
    • Disturbances in one’s ability to function in daily life.
  4. Further, these diagnostics cannot be caused by the physiological effects of a medication or drug.

Bipolar disorder is a broad diagnosis with many sub-categories of the illness. One example is bipolar II. When people experience bipolar II, they may experience a more intense swing to depression. Then, they swing back to hypomania instead of full mania. It is critical that people who have or think they may have a form of bipolar disorder to work closely with a therapist who can make a proper diagnosis.

Scheduling Therapy at Thriveworks Johnson City for Bipolar disorder

While reading through these descriptions of depression and mania, did you recognize any of the symptoms in your own life? If so, you are not alone. These extreme shifts in mood and state of mind can feel overwhelming and disorienting. Know that effective treatments exist. The therapists at Thriveworks Johnson City are ready to help.

When you contact our office, know that evening and weekend appointments are available. You may have your first appointment within 24 hours of your call to make an appointment, but we do not keep a waitlist. We also accept most insurance plans, so call Thriveworks in Johnson City, TN today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Johnson City therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Johnson City
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Johnson City reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have met with MJ ( Marissa) Jordan at the Johnson City,TN location for 5-6 sessions. My main issue is gaining understanding and knowledge of how and why I act the way I do, and what changes I need to make. Her ability to help me understand and change without feeling bad about myself is amazing! She uses enlightening personal examples that make it easy for me to comprehend. I am learning so much about how making a few positive changes will allow me to become a better person. I highly suggest MJ if you're looking for help with personal issues!
Read more I have met with MJ ( Marissa) Jordan at the Johnson City,TN location for 5-6 sessions. My main issue is gaining understanding and knowledge of how and why I act the way I do, and what changes I need to make. Her ability to help me understand and change without feeling bad about myself is amazing! She uses enlightening personal examples that make it easy for me to comprehend. I am learning so much about how making a few positive changes will allow me to become a better person. I highly suggest MJ if you're looking for help with personal issues!
Johnson Apr 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Johnson City, TN is located off of W Springbrook Dr, right before the intersection of Mimosa and Springbrook. We also share a building with several other businesses, including Sylvan Learning and Addus HomeCare. Our neighbors are Talbot’s, Peerless Properties and Development, and Holiday Inn Johnson City. Parking is available directly in front of our office, and the closest bus stop is Springbrook - Holiday Inn.

Phone number

(423) 556-4554

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