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Bipolar Disorder: A Guide to Therapy

Therapy can help

Spending time with your therapist can help you gain insights into your condition and personality, and develop solutions on how to improve your life. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s hard to fit everything in during your visits. You may end a session thinking, “We didn’t get to any of the topics I wanted to discuss!”

Here are some simple ways to make the most out of your regular therapy sessions. There are some ways to ensure that the issues you face get the time that they need.

Your first visit

During your first visit, your therapist will typically gather information about you, your condition, and your symptoms’ impact on your life. The more information you have readily available for your therapist, the faster they can begin to help you.

Here is some information you should be prepared to provide:

  • details on your current symptoms
  • why you’re seeking therapy
  • your medical history
  • any medications you are taking

Prepare for each visit

You should prepare beforehand to maximize each session. Leave enough time to get to your appointment so you’re not rushed when you need to be relaxed. You should also abstain from any alcohol or recreational drugs. Therapy is a time to work on your problems, not to self-medicate your way through them.


Journaling and keeping track

Keeping a journal may help jog your memory during your therapy sessions. Record your moods and activities between sessions. Write down any problems you may have had or any personal insights you may have had. Then, review your journal entries before your session or bring it with you into the session.


Show up to share

The reason you go to therapy is to help you solve problems. But you will have little success unless you come ready to share your thoughts and emotions. This may include talking about some painful or embarrassing memories. You may have to reveal parts of your personality that you aren’t proud of, but your therapist is not there to judge you. Discussing the issues that bother you most can help you either change or learn to accept yourself.


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