“Always remember that although bipolar disorder is frustrating and destructive, it is not purposeful . . .” —Julie Fast
Bipolar disorder, or BPD (formerly called manic depression), is a mood disorder. People living with BPD experience extreme high and low moods ranging overly confident and energetic to severely depressed and detached. In between such episodes, a person may experience a period of normal, level moods, but eventually, the extreme mood cycles return.
Those with BPD often cannot hold jobs, may need financial and emotional support by family members, some become homeless. Their erratic behavior and emotional abusiveness can wear out loved ones, employers, and friends. Everyone who has relationship with a person with bipolar disorder is affected.
People with BPD don’t mean to be destructive to themselves or other people. It’s the nature of the illness; outrageous behaviors and extreme mood shifts are not “on purpose.”
Am I living with BPD?
Bipolar disorder is not easily diagnosed. Conditions that express similar symptoms are ADHD, addiction, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and anger management deficit.
I have 15 years of experience working specifically with bipolar disorder and will conduct a thorough diagnosis before we discuss treatment options. These questions can help you decide if you may benefit from diagnosis and treatment:
There is help for you
Getting treatment for this disorder is essential to leading a productive and satisfying life. Studies show that people do best in managing their bipolar illness when they maintain a 2-pronged therapeutic approach:
Many people come into treatment with a trail of burned-out loved ones, broken friendships, lost jobs, DUI’s, and more.
Help for loved ones
Loved ones—spouses, family, and friends—are greatly affected by bipolar illness, too. The up-and-down moods and erratic behaviors impact everyone
Treatment is far more successful when loved ones are educated about BPD and how to deal with the complex issues involved.
I provide effective therapy not just for those with BPD, but also for their loved ones. If you’re married to someone with BPD, you may feel resentful, abused, burned out, used up, and lonely. Therapy can provide you with the knowledge and support you need to maintain a healthy perspective and rebuild your own life with nurturing self-care. The better you learn how to take care of yourself, and the more you learn about your loved one’s illness, the more harmony and calm you will have in your life.
It's hard enough living with bipolar, and at first it was even harder talking to someone about it. Pilar was patient with me as I opened up. She is supportive and accepting and knowledgeable and a world class listener. I also knew she was paying attention because she would bring up a topic from several sessions earlier to see how things were going. After working with Pilar, I stopped existing and started living.
"When I first met Dr. Placone in the early days of 2010, I had just lost my job and my 10-year relationship with my wife was very rocky. My poorly treated bipolar disorder type II was eating away at everything I valued and I felt like I had little left to lose. Dr. Placone was so warm and caring, and able to draw from deep experience as well as knowledge ranging from the latest clinical studies all the way to ancient Far Eastern thought. Carefully and at my own pace, she’s helped me eliminate the extremes in my patterns of thought and coaxed me into valuing “now. I feel happy, healthy and completely grateful."
I am also truly grateful for being led to Dr Pilar Placone. When I first came to Pilar I had pretty much lost everything due to mu bipolar illness. I was confused, afraid and had two young children to take care of. I have learned that although proper medication is necessary for my treatment, it is not a cure. Without proper therapy one is not fully prepared or capable to manage bipolar disorder. I will always have episode of depression, and fighting through bouts is very difficult, but I know the time I worked under Dr. Placone’s care has given me the strength and tools to make it through. And while manic episodes have been nearly absent for the past 5 years, I've learned to be very cognizant to my mood shifts—this key to staying in balance and healthy.
“It's hard enough living with bipolar, and at first it was even harder talking to someone about it. Pilar was patient with me as I opened up. She is supportive and accepting and knowledgeable and a world-class listener. I also knew she was paying attention because she would bring up a topic from several sessions earlier to see how things were going. After working with Pilar, I stopped existing and started living.”
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3356 Second Avenue, Ste E
San Diego, CA 92103