Bipolar can be expressed differently in adults and children. Both can experience periods of depressed moods every day, feeling sad, isolating from friends and family members, lacking pleasure in things normally experienced in life by others. The individual can experience weight gain or weight loss, difficulty with sleeping, and completing tasks. The individual can experience a loss of energy, motivation, reduced ability to concentrate or think, or indecisiveness. There can be recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation.
There can be a distinct period of time of decreased need for sleep, with energy, talkativeness, and with increased goal directed activities. In children or adolescents, there can be irritation which represents a noticeable change to those around him / her. There can also be excessive involvement in activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (engaging in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, foolish business investments, and or engaging in use of illicit drugs and or alcohol use.
Medications can be a helpful co-intervention. In addition, it is also recommended to seek a medical evaluation to rule out any medical causes for these symptoms.
Both children and adults can be depressed. In children or adolescents, depression can be experienced differently than in adults; they can exhibit chronic depression, among a few of the other symptoms. Each individual is different and so can variations from case to case. In adults, it may seem that you have just been ‘this way’ (depressed) for so long that being this way (depressed) is just a part of life now?
Symptoms could be: not enjoying yourself with previously pleasurable activities, agitation, irritation, low sense of self, eating too much or not enough, low energy or fatigue, difficulty making decisions, feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Depression can be especially difficult when an individual has a general medical condition. It is important to get an evaluation from a physician prior to any treatment.
It can be a scary and unusual thing to hear someone calling out your name but no one is around you, you know you heard someone calling you. Sometimes you hear voices in your head, or coming through the walls, what do you do?
Building rapport between one another is an important step to working together with psychosis or Schizophrenia. Getting a medical evaluation, an assessment for possible medication may be necessary. I build a treatment plan with you, the client, to determine what your needs are and what your goals are. We work together so you’re not alone in this process.
Considered the tool for many therapists and counselors due to ease of understanding the various functional techniques incorporated in the counseling and therapy process. It is rapid with results obtained in therapy. It is instructive in nature and flexible in modification to the client’s life. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy is time limited collaboration between the therapist (counselor) and the client.
The process of the counseling is beneficial for not only the client but for many insurance plans for its time limited involvement in the therapeutic (counseling) process. The therapeutic process starts with a positive rapport between the therapist and counselor who is also in a teaching role. The client learns about dysfunctional thoughts and learns how to think differently and alter their behaviors to lead a more fulfilling life to then construct and achieve their goals.
Men do not often express their inner most thoughts to their friends and family and want to talk to unbiased professional. Men experience pressure as a result of many different things: preconceived defined roles of responsibility that have been placed on their shoulders, loss of a job, or marital concerns. When one’s life is disrupted, it can cause shame, anxiety, guilt, feelings of worthlessness, sadness, feelings of inadequacy, and depression.
The man may need to redefine his role in the home and in his life. How to redefine one’s role can be a difficult and confusing time but it doesn’t have to be. The man in the home can rediscover that spark within a relationship, satisfaction and fulfillment in life again.
Sometimes women just want to talk to someone to sort things out. The children seem to be all over the place; it is hard to focus and stay calm without stressing out. Maybe the kids have gone off to college and there may be some empty nest syndrome that you’re feeling. Or maybe the change of life is happening.
Sometimes just having someone to talk to about your issues is all that is desired. We can tailor the sessions to fit your needs.