If you or someone you love is living with bipolar disorder, you will be familiar with the manic highs and extreme lows that people with bipolar experience regularly. This roller-coaster of emotions can be confusing and frustrating. Still, with hypnotherapy for bipolar disorder, in conjunction with traditional treatment, the maintenance of moods can finally be a reality.
Balance Your Mind with Hypnosis for Bipolar
Bipolar is characterized by two main phases through which a person cycles unpredictably. They can be thought of as the peak and trough of a wave cycle:
- The Manic Phase: During the “peak” phase, the person feels wildly optimistic and can come up with overly ambitious plans.
- They can spend large amounts of money on things they wouldn’t usually buy and be too “high” to eat, sleep, or be patient with others.
- Abnormally upbeat and unusually talkative
- Easily distracted
- The Depressed Phase: This is the “trough” of the wave cycle, in which the person can feel depressed, worthless, and potentially suicidal.
- They may isolate themselves for long periods, and lose interest in normal daily activities
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Indecisive and lack of concentration
Hypnotherapy for bipolar disorder takes a perceptual approach. This treatment works from the perspective and “reality” of the client rather than that of the professional. The goal with hypnosis for bipolar disorder is to reduce the client’s stress levels and help them to focus on the positive aspects.
What to Expect in Therapy Sessions
Hypnosis for bipolar disorder uses techniques like deep breathing, guided relaxation, and exploring one's self-consciousness to achieve a heightened sense of awareness. Psychotherapy helps us to recognize and change unwanted thought patterns and behaviors.
When working with your therapist, you will build confidence, reduce stress, and boost positive ideas and perspectives. Once new behaviors and outlooks begin to take hold, others will support this change in you as well. You may see results in only a few sessions or more, depending on your individual situation. Each hypnotherapy session for bipolar disorder is custom tailored specifically to you, how you respond to treatments, and what works best to help you reach your goals.
How Psychotherapy and Hypnosis Benefit Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder can send you on a roller coaster of ups and downs. Through the use of hypnosis, one can enter a relaxed and calm state of mind and body. Once in a hypnotized state, your therapist guides you utilizing psychotherapy to help you create a stabilized way of feeling and thinking, which juxtaposes the chaotic thoughts and emotions of bipolar disorder. Psychotherapy and hypnosis for bipolar disorder has shown to be very effective at all levels of the disorder. Its powerful effects can minimize symptoms like depression and low-self esteem, and help you to better manage your emotions.
Hypnosis for Bipolar Disorder FAQs
Is hypnotherapy for bipolar disorder dangerous?
When hypnosis is performed by a trained and certified professional, it is not a dangerous process. A therapist cannot control your mind, brainwash you, or make you do something you don’t want to do.
Can hypnosis and psychotherapy replace medication?
Every individual situation with bipolar disorder is different. With multiple sessions over time, hypnosis and psychotherapy may be an effective treatment that can support your ongoing treatment plan with your primary care doctor. Your prescribing physician will come to these conclusions together with you.
Is hypnosis effective for bipolar I and II?
Yes, when hypnosis is combined with complementary counseling like psychotherapy, it can be very effective as treatment options for both bipolar I and II.
How many sessions will I need to see results?
Some people living with bipolar disorder see improvement in as little as four sessions with their therapist. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may benefit from more than four sessions. Over time with your therapist’s support, you can gain the skills needed to change behaviors and unwanted thoughts.
Our Integrative Approach for Bipolar Disorder
We create an individualized approach for your ongoing management of bipolar disorder, drawing from hypnotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and neuro-linguistic programming.
- Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) addresses conscious and unconscious patterns to transform negative thoughts and behaviors.
- Learn the root cause of the negative thought or behavior came from
- Find out how behavior modification techniques can alter a more productive outcome
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on our thoughts, feelings, and actions, all being connected.
- If you change your thoughts, then you ultimately change the behavior that follows
- Learn how to respond calmly and rationally
Both of these powerful forms of therapy are used to help the client “tame” or manage their thoughts better during the highs and lows so that the mood cycle can be brought within more functional limits.
When NLP and CBT are combined with the unparalleled benefits of hypnosis, bipolar disorder will become easier to maintain, and you will achieve faster results, so you can finally live a calmer and more joyful life.
Act Today for a Brighter Tomorrow
With the help of Anna Marchenko, our primary practitioner, people living with bipolar disorder can find hope and help. Anna is highly educated with master’s degrees in Arts and Education and certifications as a licensed mental health counselor and hypnotist. She combines the best of cutting-edge research in psychology with her extensive hypnosis experience to create an effective program using hypnosis for bipolar disorder.