Bipolar Disorder Is A Chronic Recurrent Illness That Can

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Bipolar disorder is a chronic recurrent illness that can be categorized by 3 different types (Bipolar 1 Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder and Cyclothymic Disorder). Bipolar I disorder known as manic-depressive disorder or manic depression is a form of mental illness that is characteristic of a person as having at least one manic episode in his/her life (Jordan Halter, M 2014). These episodes usually result in excessive activity and energy. A manic episode is a period of abnormally elevated mood and high energy, accompanied by abnormal behavior that disrupts life. Most people with bipolar I disorder also suffer from episodes of depression, and often cycle between mania and depression (Jordan Halter, M 2014).

Bipolar II disorder is a form of
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(Jordan Halter, M 2014) Challenges faced by people that suffer with bipolar disorder are: uncontrollable mood swings between depression and mania that seem to appear suddenly, anxiety disorders that can be debilitating and alter sleep patterns, maintaining and managing stable relationships with others, addressing and controlling any addictions and substance abuse issues, and finding the right medication (Tartakovsky, M 2016). Lithium is usually the first line of medication treatment, but it is important to know about the medications being prescribed and the affects they have on the individual, not all medications work and react the same in everyone. (Tartakovsky, M 2016)

The theoretical foundation I’ve chosen for my group is Beck’s cognitive –behavioral theory (CBT). The theory focuses on behaviors, linking symptom manifestations to thinking patterns, reinforcing adaptive behaviors and minimizing and framing dysfunctional thought patters (Jordan Halter, M 2014). The time of the group is limited and the goal is to change behavior through shifting thinking patterns (Jordan Halter, M 2014). I chose this theoretical foundation as the basis for my group because it has been found to be successful in other therapy groups where the members suffer from bipolar disorder.

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