Bipolar disorder is characterised by episodes of an elevated or agitated mood known as mania, alternating with episodes of depression. Some people also see or hear things that others around them don't, or have uncommon, unshared, beliefs (referred to as delusions). These episodes can impair a person’s ability to actively participate or engage in activities of daily living in a consistent manner.
How can Kate Meads Associates help?
If you are experiencing bipolar disorder, an assessment with one of our occupational therapists will focus on how your symptoms are affecting your life and preventing you from living your life as you wish. This could include something specific such as returning to, or remaining in, the workplace, increasing the level of structure and routine to your day or developing positive coping strategies.
During the assessment your occupational therapist will need to have a detailed but sensitive conversation with you focusing on both your strengths and the areas in which you are experiencing problems. To assist this process, your occupational therapist may utilise a variety of tools and strategies dependent on your needs.
Our focus at Kate Meads Associates is on helping you improve what you are able to do each day, therefore our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine including the roles you have, for example as a parent, an employee, a business executive etc. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your life and work with you to identify realistic and achievable goals to increase your functional performance and your overall quality of life.
Your occupational therapist will produce a detailed, yet accessible report of your assessment. The report will provide a summary of the barriers that get in the way of you fulfilling your roles and routines as you wish and make a number of recommendations that might help. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.
Therapies and treatment
If you believe that you may have bipolar disorder, it is important to seek medical advice from a GP who will be able to explore medication options. In addition, occupational therapy is an important part of overcoming bi-polar disorder and reducing its impact on your life and this is where Kate Meads Associates can help.
Kate Meads Associates’ occupational therapists are highly trained and experienced - they are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths-based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your goals and improve your functional performance.
Your occupational therapist will work with you to understand triggers, barriers and established strategies you currently use. They will also help you to learn and put into practice techniques that help control your symptoms as well as allowing you to focus on your roles and routines. These may include:-
- Behavioural activation
- Personal goal setting
- Sleep hygiene
- Establishing a Wellness Recovery Plan
Do you have difficulty…
- Managing fluctuation in your mood?
- Performing day to day roles/responsibilities either at home or work?
- Maintaining concentration?
- Coping with levels of frustration/agitation?
- Achieving a work/life balance?
If so, please contact one of our occupational therapists on 01264 326308 for a free “no obligation” telephone consultation to discuss your needs and find out how we may help.
View our case study about James, a 60 year old man with Bipolar Disorder.