Formerly known as “manic depression,” people with bipolar disorder experience periods where they are depressed, and one or more separate manic periods. Mania can range from mild to severe.
Symptoms of mania may include:
I currently meet with individuals at my Vancouver office with bipolar disorder (type 2) who are currently:
I also work with family members who are requesting emotional support or assistance in negotiating the public mental health system.
While it is common for my clients with bipolar disorder to also be under the care of a private psychiatrist, I am unfortunately not able to work with clients who are currently under the care of a community mental health team, as my involvement could inadvertently complicate or interfere with the treatment you are receiving.
My private practice is not an appropriate setting for those in an acute manic state. It is particularly important to be assessed by a medical professional if mania is suspected. Intervention often needs to be rapid in order to avoid danger to the person’s well being or personal/family situation. Hearing voices, particularly voices telling you to harm yourself or someone else, is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or proceed to your hospital emergency department now.
A rundown on one of my favourite therapies.
Understanding treatment options for depression.
The best strategies for dealing with depression often come from those with lived experience and have wisdom to share. A few counsellor tips are thrown in too.
A personal account of bipolar disorder.
Call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse 24/7. Other professionals available through this line include after-hours pharmacists, exercise professionals and dieticians
Canada-wide, 24/7 professional phone counselling and other support options.
One-page sheet, updated quarterly.
National organization promoting mental health for all.
604-675-3700 – Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Vancouver Hospital, Level 1, East Entrance
7 days a week: 7:30am-11pm. Phone, walk-in and outreach support for urgent, non life-threatening mental health and addictions issues. Serves residents of Vancouver.
24-7 crisis service for anyone that is suicidal, thinking about suicide or for concerned friends/family. BC-wide service.
Time-limited counselling support for adults who have made a suicide attempt, or are experiencing suicidal thoughts; also offers support and education for people who are concerned about a loved one with suicidal ideation, or are grieving their loss by suicide.
Self-help guide (pdf). Not intended to replace professional help.
Free self-care manual for depression, available in several languages. Persons with major depression should also seek help from a physician and/or professional counselling.
Support groups, education, info and referral to people living with depression or bipolar disorder and their supporters. The MDA also has a counselling clinic.