Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression is a mood disorder, and is the name given to the experience of abnormal moods or exaggerated mood swings. This illness is characterised by the experience of extremely “high” moods where one becomes extremely euphoric or elated, and the experience of extremely “low” moods where one becomes extremely sad and finds it difficult to experience pleasure. The high moods are called manic episodes and the low moods are called depressive episodes. These episodes can range from mild to severe and affect how a person thinks, feels, and acts. However, it is important to remember that some people may experience different patterns associated with their disorder. For example, some people may experience only one episode of mania but more frequent episodes of depression.
Coping with Bipolar Disorder: This information package is designed to provide you with some information about bipolar disorder and suggested strategies for how you can manage your mood. This information package is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. Although it is not necessary that you complete one module before going on to the next, this is recommended. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
This module describes the symptoms and diagnosis of bipolar disorder. It also provides information about the causes of bipolar disorder and the stress-vulnerability model.
This module describes the treatment options for Bipolar Disorder. It provides a summary of common medication treatments and of psychosocial treatments.
This module describes how to monitor symptoms, how to identify early warning signs, and how to develop a plan of action to prevent future relapses.
This module describes how to increase activity levels, particularly fun activities.
Module 5 examines how thoughts influence feelings and explores how to use a thought diary to improve feelings associated with depression.
This module explores the cognitive changes that occur in mania and how to use a balance sheet to examine unhelpful thoughts that occur during mania.
Module 7 describes behavioural strategies to incorporate into early intervention plans, such as developing a weekly activity schedule, as well as organising and prioritising ideas.
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What is Bipolar disorder
What Causes Bipolar Disorder
Medications for Bipolar Disorder
Psychosocial Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
Detecting Early Warning Signs
Mood and Symptom Monitoring
Vicious Cycle of Depression
Behavioural Activation: Fun and Achievement
Fun Activities Catalogue
Improving How You Feel
Thinking and Feeling
Analysing Your Thinking
Changing Your Thinking
Unhelpful Thinking Styles (Overview)
This information sheet provides a brief overview of unhelpful thinking styles. For information sheets providing details on individual unhelpful thinking styles, refer to the Unhelpful Thinking Styles section in resources for clinicians.
Cognitive Changes in Mania
Preventing Manic Thinking
Organising and Prioritising Ideas and Projects
Coping with Stressful Events
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Early Warning Signs
Plan of Action
Weekly Activity Schedule
Weekly Goals Record
Making the Connection (between thoughts and emotion)
Thought Diary 1 (ABC worksheet, excludes unhelpful thinking styles)
Thought Diary 2 (ABCD worksheet, includes unhelpful thinking styles)
Thought Diary 3 (Complete ABCDE: balanced thought)
Thought Diary (Simplified)
Organising Ideas List
Self Management Plan
Goal Setting (End of therapy)
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