There are many options for treatment of depression or bipolar disorder. People with a mood disorder diagnosis typically benefit from a combination of counseling (talk therapy), wellness strategies and tools, support from others, and medication. As you begin to engage in different treatment options you will find the combination of things that work best for you.
Or talk therapy is a great outlet for an individual to express feeling their emotions. A good therapist practices a “client-centered” philosophy, meaning, they know you are the expert in your life and will help you to make the best choices to manage your symptoms. A good therapist can help you to deal with your feelings and help you create the coping skills that will work for you.
Wellness Strategies and Tools
Often times, people living with a mood disorder find it helpful to engage in activities that provide symptom relief. For some, exercising, meditating, journaling, extra-curricular activities, and eating well help to reinforce stability. Exploring what makes you feel well and tracking those achievements can be part of your wellness strategy.
Our friends and family can oftentimes be our best allies in coping with symptoms. Finding a trusted group to talk to when things aren’t going well will help you to manage symptoms.
Depression and bipolar disorder can be treated by different medications, which can be prescribed by a psychiatrist. Generally, it is easy to talk to a primary care physician or talk therapist (psychologist or social worker) on getting a referral to a psychiatrist. When taking medications, know that sometimes people need to try several before finding one or a combination that works for them.
Finding what helps is all about you! Explore the many options you have to find your personal wellness and pick the right combination for you.