Managing Bipolar Disorder with a Psychologist Melbourne


What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition which can be lifelong and is characterised by extreme mood swings beyond the usual ups and downs. These mood swings are referred to as “episodes” and greatly impact emotional states, activity levels, energy, and concentration. Episodes typically occur without warning and for no specific reason and can last for any period of time. There are two main types of episodes, which are made distinguishable by experiencing some of the following key symptoms:

Manic Episodes:

Depressive Episodes:

Without adequate support and treatment, Bipolar Disorder is likely to have a severe impact on an individual’s life and may make it more difficult to maintain work positions, complete studies, build healthy support systems and function on a day-to-day basis.

What are the different types of Bipolar?

How can the Melbourne psychologists at Cova Psychology support me in treating and managing bipolar disorder?

The Australian Psychological Society has identified Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the foremost therapeutic approach for treating bipolar disorder, backed by robust evidence. CBT equips individuals with effective strategies to challenge negative thought patterns, regulate mood swings and foster adaptive coping skills.

At Cova Psychology, our Melbourne Psychologists and trauma therapists specialise in delivering tailored CBT interventions to empower individuals with Bipolar Disorder. By working with the clinicians at Cova Psychology, clients can learn a range of CBT techniques and behavioural strategies that will assist them in better managing their experiences of manic and depressive episodes.

Additionally, clinicians may integrate complementary therapeutic approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-based therapies, to provide comprehensive support. Through consistent sessions with our skilled psychologists, individuals with bipolar disorder can gain practical tools to enhance symptom management, elevate their quality of life and reduce the impact of future episodes.