Support for Those Living With Bipolar Type 1, Bipolar Type 2, and Cyclothymic Disorder
Both bipolar disorder and cyclothymic disorder are prevalent mood disorders in Canada. Both these disorders occur equally amongst men and women and are more commonly diagnosed in someone if another family member also has either disorder.
While the causes for these disorders are not fully understood, it is common knowledge that they can be debilitating and negatively impact someone’s life, as well as those around someone with a mood disorder such as these.
Living with bipolar or cyclothymic disorder is challenging, but there are ways to improve your overall well-being and coping skills. Continue reading to learn about the different services you could receive.
Living With Bipolar Disorder and Cyclothymic Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that presents itself in cycles of elevated and depressed moods. There are two types of bipolar disorder: bipolar 1 and bipolar 2. While both of these share some symptoms, bipolar 2 involves more mild mania episodes.
Cyclothymic disorder is a mood disorder that is described as a mild form of bipolar disorder. A person with cyclothymic disorder experiences more mild mood swings.
Both of these disorders can quite debilitating and cause issues in people’s personal and social lives, as well as their own well-being. Getting treatment can help improve one’s life.
Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy
There are a variety of treatment options for those living with bipolar and cyclothymic disorder. Ranging from therapy to medication. Because there are so many options in treatment it can be difficult to decide what would be best for your case.
Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPRST) is a form of therapy that is used to treat and help improve the overall wellbeing of those living with these disorders. This form of therapy was created specifically for those living with bipolar disorder.
The techniques used in this form of therapy help improve the ability to cope with stressful events and mood swings. IPRST provides patients with skills that will help them cope and prevent possible future episodes.
IPRST accomplishes improving these qualities of life by focusing on the patient’s social and biological rhythms. An abnormal rhythm in either of these areas can have an effect on mood swings, so fixing these rhythms can help individuals with regulating their moods.
This therapeutic technique is an evidence-based treatment because it has been proven to help patients with mood disorders to cope. While patients underwent IPRST, the period of time before a new episode of mood disruption occurred was longer than before receiving treatment.
Take Back Your Life Today
Now that you know what these disorders are and what IPRST is, you may be wondering where you should go to receive this treatment.
Liane Wood is a registered psychotherapist that uses IPRST. She is dedicated to helping those living with bipolar and cyclothymic disorder get back the happiness and well-being they are striving for. She combines both her education and personal experiences to reach and help her patients.
Feel free to get in touch if you are interested in scheduling an appointment or have any questions.