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Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder in Bridgeville, PA

Bipolar Disorder

Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care in Pittsburgh, PA is a therapeutic center dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate treatment for individuals struggling with bipolar disorder. Our board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Muhammad Shaikh, is committed to providing personalized care to each individual that seeks our help.

We implement evidence-based treatment approaches, and our goal is to help individuals gain insight into their condition, reduce their symptoms, manage stress and develop healthy coping skills. By focusing on an individual's strengths and utilizing an individualized approach, we strive to help our clients reach improved mental health.

Stepping Stones offers both telemedicine and in-person appointments, using a hybrid model to ensure your access and comfort. If you’re ready to take the next step toward recovery, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert clinicians. We look forward to helping you on your journey to health and wellness.

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Bipolar Disorder Treatment in Pittsburgh

Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of mania or hypomania and depression. Bipolar disorder symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness or guilt
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia or excessive sleeping)
  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions or remembering things
  • Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Fatigue, loss of energy and feeling slowed down
  • Irritability
  • Psychomotor agitation (pacing around the room, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still)
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Treatment can include medication for bipolar disorder (i.e. anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, antidepressants or mood stabilizers), therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT], Dialectical Behavior Therapy [DBT], Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT], etc.) and self-care strategies (such as developing healthy sleep habits, stress management techniques). It is important to note that each individual's treatment plan will vary depending on their symptoms and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there different types of bipolar disorder?

Yes, there are two types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar 1 disorder is characterized by episodes of mania or severe hypomania, while bipolar 2 disorder is characterized by predominantly depressive episodes with occasional periods of hypomania. Bipolar 1 disorder typically requires more intensive treatment than bipolar 2.

What lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits such as regular exercise, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can help to manage symptoms of bipolar disorder. Additionally, finding support through family and friends or joining a peer support group may also be beneficial in managing symptoms of the condition.

Will I need medication for bipolar disorder?

For many patients, medication is an important component of treating bipolar disorder; however, it often needs to be combined with psychosocial interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in order to help patients understand the causes of bipolar disorder symptom flare-ups. For others, medication is not the right choice, and non-medication interventions may be better.

How can I get started with bipolar treatment near me?

At Stepping Stones, we make it easy to get started on the road to feeling better and living well. Just request an appointment with us using our simple online form.