Manage Your Bipolar with Online Therapy

Category: Bipolar | Last updated: October 18th, 2018 | Reviewed and approved by:

While it is common for people to experience mood swings from time to time, bipolar disorder is much more severe. When someone has bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) their mood shifts from periods of over-excitement and feeling like you're "on fire" (manic episodes) to periods of feeling severely depressed (depressive episodes).

During manic episodes, it's common to have a generally elevated mood, be highly active, experience higher self-esteem and need less sleep. This often alternates with depressive periods where you feel little joy in life, have problems sleeping, gain or lose weight and experience a loss of energy.

While this can be stressful and even debilitating, there is hope. Our therapy for bipolar is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which has been shown in research studies to help people with bipolar disorder, often used in conjunction with medication. You see, it is your thoughts that affect your perception of the world, and with bipolar disorder, your brain tends to process information in an inaccurate and distorted way. With the help of your therapist, you will be able to identify and challenge these distorted and negative thought patterns that cause your stress and even harmful behavior. By identifying the situations that trigger your manic and depressive episodes, you will be more aware of when a mood shift is about to happen. And, eventually, you will be able to control your emotions and stress. By discovering new coping and behavioral skills, you will be able to stick to a treatment plan and live a more stable lifestyle, which will reduce the risks of a relapse.

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Reviews

Our online therapy services have received 573 reviews and the average rating is 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"In my opinion online therapy is very good because is helping me to be a better person every day."

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"Great advise, thanks for being the support I need."

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"Well this is helping me to be a better person because I talk what happened few months ago whit me and is a great help because I can understand that live is hard and people what is to be what they want and the most important thing I control my self better."

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"I love that i can work on the worksheets at my own pace and that my therapist reply's quick. Love this whole experience so far!"

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Rating: [4 out of 5 stars!]

"I have been seeking help, I needed more help than the regular medical doctors were giving me. So far this site has helped me to look deep into myself and try figure out the root of my issues. It is not going to be an easy road, dealing with my emotions and such, but the therapist assigned to me has been gracious and very helpful."

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"I cannot do formal counseling as my chronic illness makes it difficult to travel. This counseling has helped me because it is easily accessible at any time."

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"This program has been beneficial to me.
The videos and worksheets have been especially helpful.

I chose not to have live chats with my therapist, but I feel her written notes and encouragement to me were beneficial. I moved along a lot faster in the program over the course of a full month than the feedback I’ve gotten. To be fair, I did sessions 6-8 all this weekend, so she hasn’t had time to review. I was through session 5 by last weekend and devoted a lot of time to one part of the session and would love to have had comments through as far as I’d completed. My latest feedback at the end of this final week of my month-long subscription is still just through session 2. At least that’s all I can find. I have implemented and practiced all the suggestions and and completed all of the exercises except for one that I skipped on purpose. My current subscription expires in two days.

I wish there were a search feature for therapist feedback and maybe there is, but I don’t see one. It can be a little tedious going back to each worksheet to find something I want to comment on if I didn’t do it initially. I don’t care for the Action Plan calendar. It’s not user-friendly. I’d like to copy one day’s actions to another day without having to start over. It’s too time consuming. Some days I do the same things. The Notes app on my phone is a lot easier to use and I can record what I need to do with with audio.

I’m on the list to work with a local CBT specialist in my area. So, I signed up for this program to do in the interim while I was waiting for my first appointment with her. I’m not going to continue with the online program, but I’m grateful for it and for what I’ve learned and for the fact that it helped me learn about new ways to challenge my thinking and re-channel it to more positive thoughts that bring about better behavior. I will continue to use what I’ve learned, particularly journaling and re-directing my thinking. I already do yoga and meditate. I recommend giving this program a try if you’re not sure. I’d do it again.
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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"Such great help and super convenient with my busy schedule!"

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"This has been helpful to just providing me with an outlet. I've very much so needed it & didn't realize how much. My therapist has been helpful with providing me with tools to practice & holding me accountable."

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"Had some helpful advice"

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