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Organizing Disorganization

Organizing Disorganization

I have heard many concerns related to disorganization.  “I just can’t get organized.”  “My son is so disorganized, I don’t know how he finds anything in his room.” “My grades are bad because I lose my homework.”  Disorganization comes in many shapes and sizes but commonly the result is the same…underachieving on task completion.  As we enter the school year and the lives of children, adolescents, and families become more active and busy the need for organization becomes more apparent.

There are many reasons for a person to be disorganized including but not limited to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, low motivation, laziness, being overwhelmed, or skill deficits.  Regardless of the reason, disorganization is a compounding problem.  A person who becomes disorganized, and makes no attempt to reorganize or is unable to reorganize, will become more disorganized as time goes.  For example, a child comes home from school with 2 worksheets and 3 notes randomly placed in their school bag.  Neither child nor parent tries to organize them into a folder but the parent sends the child back to school with 1 additional note and 1 permission slip to turn in to the teacher.  There are now 2 worksheets, 4 notes, and 1 permission slip randomly placed in the child’s school bag.  This child is unlikely to get everything back to where it needs to go.  As this pattern continues it becomes more and more difficult to manage the mess of papers in the school bag. This pattern can be true for adults and children alike.  It can result in missed appointments, forgotten soccer games, poor grades, and a multitude of other stress inducing scenarios.

To reduce stress and increase task completion getting organized becomes a necessary process.  To help, here are some tips to help reorganize.

  • Look beyond the behavior: When we focus on behavior we tend to label. “He’s lazy.” “I’m messy.”  Even if those labels are true, they aren’t helpful.  Looking behind the behavior allows for the opportunity to understand the behavior.  We can identify deficits and other precipitating factors that allow us to begin problem solving.
  • Use an organizational system and tools: This includes smartphones including apps, alarms, and reminders. Use calendars, notebooks, sticky notes, charts, etc. Create visual cues and reminders like a bright colored note with a reminder message attached to a notebook.
  • Prioritize: Identify deadlines and urgency.  From there, break large tasks down in to smaller more manageable tasks.
  • Routine: When we repeat a pattern of behaviors consistently they become habits. Habits require less mental effort.  Less mental effort puts us in a better position to be successful.  A routine creates organization and organization creates routine.
  • Be proactive: Plan and prepare ahead of time.

If these tips don’t remedy the issue, talk to someone.  Perhaps a therapist, a financial planner, a home organizer, etc., could be helpful.  Organizing your life and your tasks is the first step towards success.

Joe Lilly is a therapist with over 10 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and families.  He is the Director of Anger and Behavioral Management and specializes in the treatment of anger, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder as well as many other mental and behavioral health related concerns.  Joe provides individual, group, and family therapy.

Overcoming Depression After Job Loss: MI Depression Counseling

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Job loss can be very overwhelming. It’s as if your chair has been pulled out from under you, and then you get smacked in the face with a bat. Not only do you have to worry about income loss, but you also have to think about your future job pursuits.

All of this stress can quickly cause depression. If you have suffered from depression before, you may be even more at-risk of depression after job loss. This guide will help you overcome these feelings so you can get back on your feet.

Take A Few Days To Recoup

It’s important to get back into the workforce, but you also need to take a few days to process your emotions. Give your mind a chance to work out everything that has gone on so you can come up with a clear plan of action. You may spend a few days with friends and family members, people who remind you just how strong your support system is. From there, you can start healing and preparing for your next job.

File For Unemployment, If Applicable

It may take a few weeks for unemployment benefits to kick in. If you qualify for unemployment, you will want to file for it right away. You may be lucky enough to get a job before unemployment takes effect, but if not, you will be thankful for that extra income during your work search.

Update Your Resume And Reflect On Your Accomplishments

This is the perfect time to update your resume. Make sure all of the contact information on there is up to date, and highlight any new skills you learned from your previous job. Thinking about your old job may not be pleasant, but this gives you a chance to look back on your accomplishments. Feel proud of the work you’ve done, and accentuate your skills on your resume. Your future employer will take notice of that.

Set Daily Goals For Yourself

It’s easy to fall into “lazy” habits after job loss. You may feel like you have endless free time and thus you never get anything accomplished. If you have depression, this complacency will make your depression symptoms worse.

Set daily goals for yourself in regards to the number of job applications you fill out or the amount of time you spend out of the house (walking, looking for jobs, hanging out with friends, etc.). Stick to those goals just like you would goals at work. This will keep you in a productive mindset, which will make it easy for you to transition back into the workforce.

Get Help For Your Depression

If you want to speak to a professional about your depression, the depression counselors at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Michigan are happy to help. We have specialists in many areas of depression counseling, including grief counseling, anxiety counseling, phobia counseling, and more. We will pair you with the best depression counselor for your needs so you can get to a better place in life.

Our Time with Millennials

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The Background

“Pull yourselves up by the bootstraps.” “Pound the pavement.” Those are common phrases that are floating around our lexicon in our society, and that have been for some time. Many would say they describe the values that we hold dear in our American society, such as being hard working and having a humble nature when doing so. With these being values that are so established in our country, how can we deal with those who may appear to be challenging them? This is the common question that many have with regards to the “millennial” generation.

Who Are They?

Millennials are said to be born in or after the year 1982, and are known as the “Generation Me” generation, due to being seen as mostly self-absorbed. This is in sharp contrast to the “Generation We” generation, which describes the prior Generation X and baby boomer populations, and that are mostly thought of as less selfish and more collective in their thoughts and actions. Many factors are considered to explain the differences, including the prevalence of social media, more positive parenting styles, and other means in which millennials use to build their self-esteem. They are regarded by many as people who may not respond to challenges as well as their predecessors, to where they experience intense emotional struggles. Many may say that extra effort is required to redirect them in many areas of life, such as the workplace.

How Relevant Are They?

As of 2015, there were 77 millennials living in the United States, which is a quarter of the total population. About 43% of them were non-white, as well as 5 out of every 6 of them were connected onto at least 1 social media sight. Millennials touch their smartphones an average of 45 times a day, while they wield about $1.3 trillion in buying power. The bottom line is that whether we like it or not, millennials are quickly growing in influence, including in the social and economic realm. Society is ever changing to meet the needs and wants that they present, such as the latest technology and ways of purchasing goods and services. They are on a natural collision course with the Baby Boomer generation, which has forced everyone to find ways to work together.

What Are Their Strengths? What Challenges May Be Seen?

Every generation has its pluses and minuses, and they all have to be taken into consideration by those around them. With the statistics highlighted in the previous section, it can be concluded that millennials have new forms of knowledge that can be shared with older generations. With assertiveness comes debate, and the quality of discussion of ideas between millennials and others can become intense in nature. The impression of them being too egotistical and argumentative becomes a factor, which may get in the way of any thoughts and ideas being shared. Another strength of this generation is the ability for them to use technology in ways never done before, which opens up a variety of good possibilities. A challenge that millennials may inhabit is the opinion that they spend too much time with technology, and that they lack the social skills necessary to interact in the “real world.” There may also be a perceived deficiency in their abilities to cope with distress, due to perceptions that they may have never been told that they are wrong about anything.

How Can We Blend In With Them?

The answer? Take advantage of the positive qualities that exist within this population, and find ways to minimize personal biases and stereotypes at play. There are many positive parts of the millennial person, including their pride in their individuality, their ability to bring technological knowledge to areas where it is needed, as well as their motivation to keep finding the next challenge. Even though it is natural to have innate biases regarding millennials (and other groups of people), being open to learning about them can help close any ideological gaps that may exist. Whether in the workplace, or elsewhere, most millennials are willing to build positive rapport with all sorts of people, so they will most likely create conversation for that to happen. Meeting new people can be viewed as opportunities, as opposed to burdens. In this case, it is a wonderful opportunity to expand one’s sense of self through learning through the perspectives of others, and feeling a sense of positive reinforcement from self-improvement.

How Can Perspectives Help?

The clinical professionals at Perspectives of Troy Counseling Centers can help with relational issues such as those with millennials, as well as any other mental health concerns related to it. The clinical therapists are well versed in how issues like these can affect a client in various life areas, such as the workplace and in their home life. Clients that come to Perspectives can expect to discuss concerns like these in a confidential manner, so that positive self-exploration can take place. Treatment modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be utilized to help clients gain the positive coping abilities necessary to handle such relational concerns.

If you are someone that would like to speak openly about such concerns, without thinking about negative judgments from those in the workplace, home, or elsewhere, then consider the services at Perspectives of Troy Counseling Centers. Call 248-244-8644 for more information and to set up an appointment.

Signs You’re Justifying Your Toxic Relationship: Couple Counseling Michigan

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Relationships can be beautiful, wonderful, life-changing…and they can also be toxic. Most people do not realize they’re in a toxic relationship until someone else points it out or they feel their life slipping beyond their control. If you’re reading this article, you’ve at least questioned the stability and toxicity of your relationship before. Here are some signs you’re justifying a toxic relationship and what you can do once you notice them.

“He/She Isn’t Normally Like This…”

Do you find yourself saying that to other people repeatedly? This usually happens because your spouse or partner acts out aggressively and you have to mend his or her reputation. If you’re consistently telling people that your spouse “isn’t like this,” he or she probably is. By not acknowledging the problem, you are allowing the behavior to continue.

You Get Anxiety Making Decisions On Your Own

There is nothing wrong with talking to your spouse about important decisions. In fact, that’s what you should be doing. Nevertheless, you should be able to make small decisions on your own. If you’re grocery shopping and you see a snack you want to get, you shouldn’t feel guilty about making that purchase. If you get anxiety the moment someone asks you to make a decision without your spouse, chances are you’re in a toxic relationship. You need to set healthy boundaries that will let each of you thrive as an individual. A couples counselor can help you do that.

You Think You Deserve To Be Miserable

Over time, people in toxic relationships develop extremely low self-esteem. “I’m never going to find anyone better. I deserve to feel this way.” Being in a toxic relationship has made you question your self-worth so much that you feel content being miserable. You deserve a better quality of life.

That doesn’t mean you have to eliminate your partner for good though. He or she may not realize the damage that’s being done. One of our couples counselors at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Michigan can help you work through these issues together and get to a better place in your relationship.

You No Longer Resolve Issues

Have you completely given up on working things out? Every argument just feels like a never-ending cycle, and you’re tired of getting sucked into it. We see this all the time from couples of all ages and walks of life. A couples counselor can help you get a new perspective on an old argument and allow you to resolve longstanding problems in your marriage.

Even if you’re not in a toxic relationship, you can still benefit from having an unbiased view on the matter. Contact our couples counseling center today, and we will get you in touch with a professional couples counselor who understands your needs as a couple.

Dysfunctional Families

Dysfunctional Families

Dysfunctional families often have elements of substance abuse (alcoholism or drug abuse), physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. When someone grows up in this kind of environment, they may continue the patterns of abuse in their own adult life. Some patterns are not about the overt abuse, but are much more subtle, often continue unnoticed for long periods of time and may spread from one generation to another.

In dysfunctional families, there are rules that are rarely, if ever, spoken but are followed implicitly. These rules become so ingrained in the lives of families that there is often no thought given to them. The dysfunctional patterns in the family continue even without overt abuse.

Rules in abusive families are Don’t Talk, Don’t Feel, and Don’t Trust.

Don’t Talk

In the abusive family, it is often not okay to talk about the abuse, both inside and outside of the family. The situation is often a secret. In some families it may be important to make sure everything looks perfect so no one outside the family would know what was going on behind closed doors. This pattern may continue throughout life and affect many relationships. The lack of social support can lead to isolation and depression. The pattern of hiding problems can lead to perfectionism, which can seem like a good thing, but often goes hand-in-hand with feelings of not being good enough, worthlessness, and low self-esteem.

Don’t Feel

Feelings in the abusive family are not validated. Often children are told that they shouldn’t feel a certain way or that they don’t actually feel a certain way. Feelings are not discussed, sometimes not felt and often ignored. This can lead to hiding and avoiding feelings in adulthood and result in poor conflict resolution.

  • Avoiding feelings of happiness by expecting that they cannot be happy for long and are just setting themselves up for a big fall. Life always has both good times and bad times.
  • Avoid disappointment by not getting their hopes up. Hope and anticipation of good things often help people live more enjoyable lives.
  • Feelings of sadness and grief are often discounted and hidden due to continued patterns of helplessness and thinking it is better to ignore those feelings and move on. Allowing ourself to grieve leads to healing.
  • Many times, the only emotion expressed in the home is anger. People can become prone to rage, due to keeping feelings of anger in until they become overwhelming and erupt. It could eventually lead to anxiety and depression.

Don’t Trust

Abusive families tend to isolate themselves in order to hide their secrets. Family members are taught that they cannot trust the adults in the family because they are either abusive or not protecting them from the abuse. They are told not to trust anyone outside sometimes explicitly, but mostly implicitly. This rule continues and causes people to have few if any social supports. Messages like ‘you can only rely on the family because friends will always let you down’ become prominent. Perfectionism comes into play, because they are not allowed to show any weakness or perceived flaw. It leads to rigid boundaries. Once again isolation, depression, anxiety often are a result of continuing to follow this rule.

People may not realize that they are continuing these dysfunctional patterns, and don’t understand why things are not working out well in their current family or relationships when there is no overt abuse. Finding ways to change these patterns may be difficult and need the help of a trained professional to identify patterns and change these patterns to healthier behavior.

If you or someone you know would benefit from family counseling, counseling for the recovery from trauma and abuse, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, codependency, anger management and much more – Perspectives of Troy Counseling Centers can help. Call 248-244-8644 for more information and set up an appointment.

Unexpected Types Of Addiction Counseling In Michigan

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When most people think about addiction counseling, they think of drug addiction or alcohol addiction. While those are the most common types of addiction counseling in Michigan, there are many other forms of addiction that may require therapy. Any activity or habit that takes control of your life is a potential addiction, and it is something you can conquer with an addiction counselor. The specialists here at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Michigan would be happy to assist you.

Let’s take a look at some unexpected forms of addiction therapy and what they could do for you.

Gambling Addiction Counseling

Gambling addiction can range from online gambling to sports betting to spending money at a casino. Most people start to notice their gambling addictions when they go into severe debt or start choosing gambling over paying bills or buying necessities for the house. If you do not have money for toilet paper because you spent your last few dollars on lottery tickets, you may have a gambling addiction. You can get help for this issue with a gambling addiction counselor.

Social Media Addiction Counseling

We’ve talked about social media and internet addiction on here before. These issues are incredibly common in the modern world. Whenever you see a like or a notification on your phone from social media, a small amount of dopamine is released in your brain. This is the same chemical that gets released when someone smokes a cigarette. The more likes you get, the more you feed into the addiction.

Other factors may contribute to social media addiction, such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. All of these are treatable with the programs we offer at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers. Contact our office to learn more.

Sex Addiction Counseling

For the most part, sex is considered a pleasurable act. Anything that brings a person pleasure can be addictive in the wrong environment. Sex addicts often put the need for sex over other social interactions. They may skip out on an important family function just to have sex. They may also find themselves getting in questionable situations to fulfill their addiction – paying for prostitutes, having sex with strangers, having unprotected sex, etc. these issues can all be fixed with sex addiction counseling.

Work Addiction Counseling

We have an entire addiction counseling program dedicated to workaholics. This may not seem like a bad problem to have, but it can impact a person’s life outside of work. Work addiction may lead to depression, which could lead to other addictive behaviors. With workaholic counseling, patients can learn to find a balance between work and relaxation so they can be productive in all areas of life.

Relationship Addiction Counseling

Codependency and relationship addiction often go unnoticed. At the surface, a couple may just look heavily in love. In all reality, they may be in need of some healthy boundaries in their relationship. This is one of the most common issues we address in our couples counseling programs in Michigan. We help couples learn how to be independent and dependent at the same time so they can thrive as a unit.

Shopping Addiction Counseling

Shopping can be just as addictive as gambling. People become addicted to the joy they experience when they find a good deal or see something new in a store. There is a difference between finding a good deal and spending excess money on things you don’t need. The shopping addiction may also be a side effect of depression or other underlying issues. An addiction counselor can work with you to figure out exactly what’s going on so you can conquer your shopping addiction and achieve a better quality of life.

Contact our addiction counseling specialists at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Michigan to schedule a confidential appointment.

 

Pros And Cons Of Online Schooling For Anxious Children (Part 2): Anxiety Therapy MI

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Continued from Part 1

PRO: Personalized Education

Children with anxiety may have different learning requirements than other students. The same can be said for children with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and more. Online schooling allows each student to get a personalized curriculum that is tailored to his or her needs. If a certain subject sparks anxiety from stress, the student can take a longer time on that work to reduce the anxiety symptoms. The class schedule is adjusted to fit the child, which may help a child with anxiety get better grades and feel more confident in school.

CON: A Lack Of Independence

Sometimes the lack of social interaction from online learning will cause a child to get extremely attached to the stay-at-home parent. Children who go to a traditional school learn independence from their time with other students. They may take on leadership roles in the classroom or find a club they excel in. This is hard to do at home. A boost of confidence may help a child with anxiety learn to overcome some of their fears and phobias.

If your child is enrolled in an anxiety counseling program like the ones we offer at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Michigan, you can learn how to encourage independence within the family. Find hobbies that your child likes to do on his own so you can establish healthy boundaries and relationship dynamics. The anxiety counselor will be there to help every step of the way.

PRO: Creative Learning Opportunities

Because of the personalization that comes with online learning, parents have a chance to find creative ways to educate their kids. They are not limited to the rigid structure of a classroom, so they can find what works best for their child’s learning abilities. With that said, it is important for children to learn in a traditional way so they can adapt to teaching methods as adults.

CON: Difficulty Finding Personal Interests

One of the great benefits to traditional schooling is that children have a chance to experiment with interests and activities. They can attend music class, art class, computer class, physical education and more. They also have access to clubs within the school which may tap into an interest they haven’t discovered. That is difficult to replicate in a house. Working with a homeschool group like we mentioned in Part 1 of this guide will give your child more opportunities to find his or her true passions in life.

PRO: Reduced Performance Pressure

Online schooling still has the same general requirements as traditional schooling, but the pressure feels less intense. A child doesn’t have to constantly worry about getting better grades than his classmates or finishing a test on time. The process is much more carefree. There are still strict testing schedules that children must follow, but as a whole, most homeschooled children feel at ease with their curriculum.

CON: Self-Motivation

Self-motivation is a great trait to have. However, when it comes to online learning, a child is forced to constantly push himself or herself to do school work. At school, there is a thin veil of pressure over all the students to compete with their classmates to succeed. At home, the situation is much more relaxed. Older children in particular may become complacent with their “easy” schedule in an online school, which may hurt their productivity levels in the future. You, the parent, must strive to keep your child motivated in school so his or her academic performance does not suffer.

For more help with childhood anxiety, contact Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers today.

Pros And Cons Of Online Schooling For Anxious Children: Anxiety Therapy MI

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Online schooling was once reserved for college-level students, but it is becoming increasingly common for school-aged children as well. Children with anxiety may thrive in online schooling because they can complete their education at home without the pressure of a classroom. With that in mind, web-based instruction isn’t ideal for everyone. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of online schooling for anxious children.

PRO: Learning In A Controlled Environment

Schools try to be as structured as possible, but it’s hard for a teacher to control 20 kids at once. A child with anxiety may be overwhelmed by the constant hustle and bustle of traditional classes. With online schooling, education happens at home. The student is in a highly controlled environment that is tailored to his or her needs. This is a form of personalized training that cannot be replicated in an actual classroom.

CON: Limited Social Interaction

A child who learns online will not have the same amount of exposure to social settings as a child in school. This may hurt the child later on when he or she has to get a job, form personal relationships, and live in the “real world.” Children learn social ques from their peers. They learn the difference between mean and nice, how to read body language, how to avoid confrontations, and what to do around different personality types. Online learning does not provide a place to do that.

A good way to get around this is to sign up with a homeschool group. The group does extracurricular activities much like a school would, but it consists of people who homeschool their children. Parents can support one another and talk about their online schooling experiences, and children get a chance to make friends with other people their age. Most cities have homeschooling groups, and you can find them on social media or through local schools.

PRO: Minimal Anxiety Triggers

Since the house is a controlled environment, your child will have a limited number of anxiety triggers to deal with. This reduces the frequency and severity of anxiety attacks and keeps the child calm as a whole. If you work with an anxiety therapist like one of the ones at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Michigan, you can learn exactly how to set up your child’s environment to keep it anxiety-friendly.

CON: Minimal Anxiety Triggers (Again)

While it is nice to know that your child is not constantly feeling anxious, a lack of anxiety triggers isn’t always a good thing. The best way to learn how to deal with anxiety, depression and other emotions is to face them in small doses. Your child’s anxiety counselor can help your child identify and overcome triggers as they arise. Without any exposure to those triggers though, that knowledge may never be put to the test.

Whether your child goes to school online or in a traditional classroom setting, he or she needs to have a definitive way to conquer feelings of anxiety. This is where anxiety counseling comes in. Your child will learn the exact tools and techniques necessary to handle various scenarios as they arise. We have several child anxiety specialists in our Michigan counseling centers who would be happy to work with your family.

Continue to Part 2

Depressive Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder: Michigan Bipolar Counseling

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Bipolar disorder is characterized by manic and depressive episodes. Some people experience a balance of mania and depression, while others may have a longer duration with one over the other. No matter what the circumstances may be, there are bipolar counseling programs in Michigan to help you get through the highs and lows.

Here is a look at depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Signs And Symptoms Of Depressive Episodes

Experiences will vary from person to person, but some common symptoms of depressive episodes include:

  • Wanting to stay in bed all day long
  • Having little interest in daily activities, including work or school
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Social isolation (not talking to friends or family members)
  • Crying uncontrollably
  • Extremely low energy levels, despite an increased amount of sleep
  • Hopeless, helpless or worthless feelings – low self-esteem
  • Inability to make decisions

Many of these symptoms are similar to general depression. They are considered symptoms of bipolar disorder if the person experiences manic episodes as well. Your therapist will assess your symptoms to determine which condition you may have. This will get you on the fast track to treatment.

Managing Depressive Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder

Many bipolar patients are put on medication to stabilize their moods. This will reduce the severity of both manic and depressive symptoms. Nevertheless, medication is not right for everyone. You will need to speak with a bipolar specialist in Michigan to find the best treatment option for your needs.

Therapy can be used on its own or in combination with medication to control bipolar symptoms and experiences. With therapy, you can learn how to avoid depression triggers, what may be causing your depression, ways to reduce depression symptoms, and much more. Bipolar counseling is a personalized program tailored for each person’s unique experiences. Contact Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers to learn more.

Should I Take Time Off Work During A Depressive Episode?

Depressive symptoms can make it difficult to function at work or at home. After you find the right therapy program for you, you should be able to manage your symptoms well enough to get through the day. However, you may still have severe mood fluctuations from time to time. It is best to remove yourself from a stressful environment and work on getting your emotions back in order before trying to push yourself too hard. Your therapist will help you work through all of this so you can remain as productive as possible.

Manic Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder: Michigan Bipolar Counseling

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Bipolar disorder is characterized by two distinct sets of behavior: manic and depressive. Manic bipolar symptoms represents the “high” of the disorder, followed by the “low” of depressive symptoms. Both sets of experiences come with their own issues, and they can vary in severity from person to person. Here we will explore the manic symptoms of bipolar disorder and how to overcome them.

Signs And Symptoms Of Manic Episodes

Manic episodes of bipolar disorder are often characterized by:

  • The inability to sleep due to extremely high energy and rapid thought patterns
  • Restlessness throughout the day
  • Speaking quickly, to the point that people may not be able to follow your conversation
  • Taking on new projects or increasing your personal work load
  • High sex drive
  • Setting unattainable goals for yourself
  • High-risk behaviors and impulsive actions
  • Reaching out to negative people despite your better judgment
  • Hallucinating

Each person has a unique set of experiences, and those may change as the condition progresses. Manic episodes may last for weeks or even months at a time. During a manic session, a person may seem drunk or affected by drugs even though he or she did not drink/do drugs.

Managing Manic Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder

At first glance, manic episodes may seem enjoyable. You have endless energy and a desire to do just about anything. It’s important to remember that these feelings are only temporary, and they may cause you to do things you may not otherwise want to do. For instance, the increased sex drive may lead you to cheat on your significant other. Your thirst for high-risk experiences may cause you to get hurt doing something dangerous or illegal.

Most patients with bipolar disorder require medication and bipolar counseling to control their symptoms. The medication offsets the chemical imbalance in the body, while the counseling helps a person understand his or her emotions better. If you are able to identify when a manic episode occurs, you can seek the help you need before it gets out of hand.

Stressful Situations May Trigger Manic Episodes

A stressful situation may trigger a manic episode. If you work in a high-stress environment, like the medical field or emergency services, you need to make sure you keep your stress under control. Your employer should be notified of your condition to watch for signs of mania or depression. Even with medication, you could slip into a manic episode if stress gets too high. Luckily, there are ways to get back on track with the help of your bipolar counselor in Michigan. Contact Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Michigan to learn more about the bipolar treatment available to you.