Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, can be quite debilitating. Fortunately, research indicates that cognitive behavioral therapy and short term dynamic therapy can be quite effective and helpful for individuals struggling with depression and bipolar disorder. Therapy is helpful for mood disorders for a variety of reasons, including:

1) It helps the individual better understand how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected. Once the person is aware of these connections, the person can work with the therapist to modify unhelpful thinking and behavior patterns.

2) It can help the individual arrive at a place of acceptance, self-understanding and compassion for their illness; this can help the person be more effective in the present moment (i.e., coping with what is rather than being paralyzed by an internal struggle).

3) It empowers the person to set short and long term goals.

4) It can enhance interpersonal effectiveness and heal relationships that are impacted by the mood disorder.