Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a kind of psychotherapy used to manage different behavioral or mental disorders, including bipolar disorder in some individuals. All types of psychotherapy, including CBT, involve interacting with a therapist one-on-one. Some types of CBT also include a therapist, a patient, and other individuals like family members.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is most effective for those whose bipolar symptoms are triggered by environmental factors rather than brain structure factors. It may be especially useful for individuals who develop bipolar disorder later in life as opposed to those who develop it in adolescence or early adulthood.
CBT, in essence, helps to change how a person thinks about bipolar disorder and how to recognize the symptoms or triggers that may lead to manic or depressive episodes. In this way, patients can control their mental health more. CBT can be very effective when used in conjunction with medication or other treatments.
There are many CBT techniques that can be used to treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder. These will be detailed below.
Pacific Beach Health can help you by connecting you to the therapists and resources you need to manage your symptoms and reach a better life. Contact us today for more information and to begin your wellness journey.