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Bipolar Disorder Therapy


FamilyTime Centers

Neurofeedback Therapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy located in Valley Village, Los Angeles, CA & Inglewood, CA

Intense periods of excitement, agitation, and impulsivity followed by periods of feeling worthless or hopeless can indicate bipolar disorder. This complex mood disorder negatively impacts your ability to function, personal relationships, and quality of life. Extreme bipolar mood episodes may also endanger the patient and those around them. Ronald Kaufman, PsyD, and the team at FamilyTime Centers can help you or your child cope with bipolar symptoms so you can enjoy a full life. FamilyTime Centers has offices in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles and in Inglewood, California. To schedule a consultation, call the practice today or book an appointment online.


Living with bipolar disorder can be difficult for many people. This article will cover some of the basics about what it is, how to recognize symptoms, and what treatments are available to help manage the condition.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder involves intense mood swings that interfere with your ability to function in life. The extreme emotional states, or “mood episodes,” caused by bipolar disorder involve both highs and lows. Intense emotional highs characterize manic episodes, while depressive episodes involve severe emotional lows.

When you have bipolar disorder, your mood swings don't occur within a single day. Instead, mood episodes can last for days, weeks, and even months. You may also experience periods where your mood remains at an equilibrium like others who don't suffer from the condition.

Bipolar disorder can cause significant distress. It may interfere with school or work, strain personal relationships, and in some cases, present with psychotic symptoms that require hospitalization.

The good news is that Dr. Kaufman and the team at FamilyTime Centers have the expertise to help you manage bipolar disorder so you or your child can lead a full, productive life. 

Bipolar Disorder Explained

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are very serious. They are more extreme than the normal ups and downs that most people go through. Symptoms include poor job or school performance, damaged relationships, and in extreme cases, suicide. Bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with it can lead full, productive lives. People with it are able to lead full and happy lives, but they risk suicide and depression if they fail to get the help they need to receive treatment. The disorder is a mental illness that causes shifts in mood, activity levels, energy and ability to carry out tasks. So you most likely have questions such as:


Does therapy work for bipolar disorder?

Luckily, the answer is yes! The right treatment can help you go back to living the healthy, happy life you want. Therapy works because it helps you change your thoughts and behaviors so that you can be successful in managing the illness. It enables people with bipolar disorder to control their mood swings, avoid depressive episodes, and live fulfilling lives. Bipolar behavior therapy works by getting to the root of the symptoms and addressing them directly.

Unfortunately, therapy isn't a magic cure—it takes time, hard work on your part, and commitment from both therapist and client to make positive changes in your life. Take charge of your mental health today by reaching out to our mental health centers for online or in-person therapy. Family Time Centers can help!


Therapists Specializing in Bipolar Disorder in Los Angeles

Bipolar disorder is a condition where extreme changes in mood are extreme. Treatments for bipolar disorder involve therapy and medication. Therapists in Los Angeles can help people with bipolar disorder to cope with symptoms. Several different kinds of therapy are effective for treating the condition. Find therapists who specialize in bipolar disorder in L.A. and book a free first call to find a good fit for a good candidate for treatment for bipolar disorder. Use these photos to help you identify triggers, and work on evidence-based strategies to reduce symptoms. The Family Time Centers team of therapists has vetted experts for quality care on their profiles and provides services in LA. One of our many clinical doctors can put in the time and energy throughout your sessions to support mild, severe and clinical bipolar disorders. 

How can I tell if I have bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder has three subtypes. Bipolar I involves extreme manic and depressive episodes. Bipolar II has similar mood swings with less intense high episodes, known as hypomania. More frequent but less severe mood swings characterize cyclothymic disorder.

Manic/hypomanic symptoms include:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Agitation
  • Impulsivity
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Excessive talking
  • Hallucinations or delusions

Depressive symptoms include:

  • Feeling worthless or hopeless
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in most activities
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Slowed behavior
  • Sleep disturbances

Bipolar disorder can develop at any age, but it's most frequently diagnosed in teens and young adults.

Accurate diagnosis of bipolar disorder

Bipolar I Disorder involves manic and/or mixed episodes at least seven days in duration. Bipolar II Disorder involves a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. Cyclothymic Disorder includes episodes of hypomania and depression for at least two years. Cystymia is a milder form of Bipolar Disorder. As it is milder, the symptoms are not meeting the criteria for any other Bipolar Disorders. It can't be diagnosed through a medical test, but these tests can help rule out other factors such as a stroke, brain tumor, thyroid condition. Diagnosis and proper treatment help people with bipolar disorder lead full normal lives.

What causes bipolar disorder?

There is no one cause of Bipolar Disorder, although environmental factors may be implicated in its development. It is believed that people with certain genes are more prone to developing the illness. Scientists have created a database to link symptoms of the disorder with genes. Researchers are also studying similar illnesses, such as depression and schizophrenia, in an attempt to locate genetic differences that may affect the risk of developing the disorder. At present, scientists do not fully understand how factors such as environmental factors play a role in the illness or increase risk. Newer technological advances are accelerating research on the disorder and have led to the creation of the Bipolar Disorder Phenome Database.

The database is expected to contain information on about 4,000 people with the disorder. More than 2,000 of those people have volunteered for the study and will provide researchers with genetic data from blood samples or cheek swab samples. The researchers hope that an analysis of these individuals' genes will reveal commonalities among them and help identify how certain genes may be linked with the disorder. For example, some patients are diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder. Patients who suffer from this condition experience multiple episodes per year. To date, scientists have not been able to clearly state why some patients experience rapid cycling. Scientists believe that by studying a large group of patients in which most were diagnosed as having rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, they may be able to better understand how the disorder might manifest itself.

How does treatment address bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder affects each patient differently. A personalized treatment plan helps reduce the distress of bipolar disorder, control mood episodes, and restore quality of life. Bipolar disorder care at FamilyTime Centers begins with a comprehensive evaluation performed by Dr. Kaufman to determine your individual treatment needs.

Many patients do require stabilization with psychiatric medication, but providing the tools to develop healthy coping habits is also critical in addressing the bipolar disorder.

Psychotherapy techniques such as CBT and neuropsychiatric treatments, including BrainPaint® neurofeedback, and eye movement desensitization and reprogramming (EMDR), can provide the tools children and adults need to cope with the emotions and behaviors that come with bipolar disorder.


Bipolar treatment Los Angeles CA

Long-term, continuous treatment is needed for long-term symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. The most effective treatment includes a combination of medication and CBT Treatment is most effective when you talk with a doctor and talk honestly about your concerns and choices. There is no cure for the illness, but it can be treated very effectively with medication and CBB therapy, as it is a lifelong illness, and treatment is often needed in order to control symptoms, such as mood swings and other symptoms, which may include something called psychosis. Our center can help treat clients who are suffering from bipolar disorders with compassionate treatments aimed to help clients live better lives.


What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar Disorder is an illness that affects 1 of every 100 people in the United States and 4 million people worldwide.

anxiety, irritability and aggression, substance abuse and risky behaviors. In addition to the days or weeks of feeling depressed or manic, bipolar disorder can be characterized by periods of depression or normal mood lasting between two and four years. "Hypomania" is a milder form of mania that lasts for at least four days. Hypomanic people function well in their everyday lives but experience distractibility, increased energy, creativity, restlessness, and decreased need for sleep (which often leads them to overdo).

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 1% of Americans and has the highest lifetime prevalence among psychiatric disorders (up to 25%). It usually begins in early adulthood although it can appear at any age including childhood or even teen years.


What are the 4 types of bipolar?

Depressive Type - People with this type usually experience depressive episodes, unstable energy levels, and slower physical movements for days or weeks at a time.

Manic Type - Sufferers may also have periods where their energy level increases dramatically to the point it becomes difficult for them to sleep as well as abnormal behavior such as buying things impulsively without considering consequences beforehand, being aggressive in social situations or even engaging in risky sexual activity when not feeling like oneself

Psychotic Type -(also known from its medical term "manic depression") – These individuals suffer from psychosis which can involve delusions and hallucinations and lastly

Other Type -You may experience symptoms that don’t fit into the other three bipolar categories. If this is the case, you are considered type 4 and might have underlying medical conditions or drug abuse to blame for your condition.


What does it mean to have a manic episode?

During a manic episode, a person feels overly energized. People who are depressed get into dark, sad, hopeless moods, which can be equally as dangerous. Other symptoms of manic episodes include being over-energetic and hyper-hysterical. Extreme highs and lows are often followed by extreme lows.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for bipolar disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people with Bipolar Disorder learn to change harmful or negative thoughts behaviors. CBT also helps enhance coping strategies, such as early recognition of mood episodes. People in this group were also more likely to get well faster and stay well longer. A licensed psychologist typically provides psychotherapy. However, social workers and Marriage and Family Therapists can also legally provide therapy. Following the doctor's instructions for any psychotherapy will likely provide the greatest benefit. Your unique treatment needs should determine the number of and frequency of sessions.

The PCH approach to bipolar disorder treatment

PCH Treatment Center has a strong philosophy of appropriate medicating, minimizing medication usage and avoiding addictive substances. We offer specific groups for bipolar disorder treatment, including psycho-education, stress management, and medication and sleep management. We also feature an arts program and programming based around exercise, sleep, and nutrition. Holistic activities include yoga, meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and mentalization are also incorporated. PCH therapy is known to be a comprehensive, structured, and forward-thinking approach to mental health. Therapists are trained in medication management and can provide patients with the necessary tools to confidently take charge of their physical and psychological wellbeing.


Neurofeedback and Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Neurofeedback is one of the strongest options for treating bipolar disorder. It is the only treatment proven to reduce symptoms of depression in bipolar patients, as well as helping with any additional physical and psychological wellness concerns that may exist. The reason it works so well for this population is that anxiety and depression stem from mismanaged brain waves. Neurofeedback helps to correct those imbalances, resulting in a long-term reduction or elimination of symptoms.

The basic neurofeedback method used at PCH includes the following:

  • Slow cortical potential (SCP) - a frequency-based training type which enhances stability and reduces mania/hypomania with an enhancement in left prefrontal cortex slow-wave activity
  • Fast feedback-based training - this one improves the attentiveness and sustained attention with an enhancement in right prefrontal fast waves
  • Theta/beta - this training balances out the ratio between theta (racing thoughts) and beta (attentive conscious mind) brain waves by enhancing alpha prominently in areas of the left temporal and frontal lobes and delta predominantly in the back, resulting in more calmness. In addition, there is a parallel decrease in low-frequency activation as well as depression. This training also increases coherence throughout both hemispheres.


Mania and depression

Substance abuse in bipolar patients can cause mania and depression, With some medications, we notice that clients experience manic depressive episodes based on the medications a psychiatrist may prescribe. Mania and manic episodes can cause increased energy and accelerated moods. Due to side effects caused by medications, some clients may suffer from mania and depression as the result of misdiagnosis and a therapist and client need to work with the patient to re-diagnose the mania based on the prior mental health episode. In fact, drugs used for the treatment of drug addiction have the potential for causing mania as a side effect in some individuals. Tobacco withdrawal also causes mania in some people who smoke heavily or are addicted to nicotine which is contained in tobacco products. Our therapists have found that mood stabilizers can be helpful, most mood stabilizers, lead to substance abuse affecting the family.

If you or a loved one suffers from extreme mood episodes, don't hesitate to schedule an evaluation. Call FamilyTime Centers today or book an appointment online or see us in person. Sessions are filling up fast. A doctor is here to support you in whichever related form of therapy you. If you are your family is struggling with hypomania or a related form of disorder reach out to us for online sessions for a diagnosis that can change your life. Our treatments are free of medications because medications can hurt clients.

Don't stress if you don't have a diagnosis we are here to help our clients at our center with research-backed therapies that treat clients of all types.

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