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Bipolar Disorder

If you have Bipolar Disorder, you have come to the right place, because at Pascoe Vale we understand this illness very well. We specialise in helping people with bipolar, and over the last 13 years have helped many hundreds of people to learn how to manage it, so that the illness no longer dominates their life.

Bipolar is a mood disorder which has a basis in genetics, but which erupts in a person’s life when they are experiencing significant stressors, such as work losses and rejections, relationship breakups, physical stressors, over-indulging in drinking and drugs, and metabolic stresses such as neglecting to keep healthy patterns of eating, sleeping and activity or exercise.

A person with bipolar may swing between periods of greatly increased energy (elated, irritable, driven, wired, unable to sleep, grandiose) for days, weeks or even months, and at other times sink into a morass of low energy and depression (feeling hopeless, worthless, unable to engage or get motivated, and often suicidal).

There are two main types of Bipolar disorder – Bipolar I and Bipolar II. The main difference between the two is that Bipolar I is diagnosed when a person has had psychotic symptoms (ie not perceiving reality as they normally would), while in Bipolar II the person remains able to perceive reality relatively normally (even though their family and friends can see quite a difference in them). People with Bipolar II tend to spend more time in depression than those with Bipolar I.

The good news is that Bipolar Disorder – whether I or II – is a very treatable illness, as long as you are willing to learn how to manage it. Most often that management involves medication, information, and counselling (including wellbeing plans).

Our approach is this. When we first meet we want to get to know you and understand how the illness came into your life and what effect it has had on you. When you are ready, we will work together to identify your early warning signs. This information is the key to managing the illness and preventing future episodes from taking hold. We will then help you work out, in collaboration with family or friends (you specify which ones), a plan that will aim at keeping you heading in the direction of wellbeing. See Our Team for details on our psychologists.

It is true that people with Bipolar Disorder are often creative, artistic, high achiever types. These attributes can help you work with us to find creative ways that you will find most “doable” for your recovery – so that you can find your way back to a more satisfying life. Let us help you get there.

Making an appointment is easy! Call 1300 668 256

When you call, a helpful person will answer your enquiry between 8.30am to 8.15pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 5.30pm Saturdays.

After-hours appointments are available:

Weeknights up to 9pm

Saturdays 9am to 3pm

Health Care Rebates

Both Medicare and Private Health rebates can be processed at your session.

For details on our helpful psychologists, see Our Team

Where is Our Bipolar Disorder Service Located?

We are conveniently located .

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256