Couples and Family Work

Bipolar Disorder doesn’t occur in a context of interpersonal isolation. Changes in mood, thinking and behavior can certainly affect loved ones, family members, friends and even co­-workers. While it isn’t realistic to consider doing therapy with co-workers, it is very appropriate to involve those who share a strong relational commitment with the bipolar individual. Typically this involves family, spouses, significant others and/or even best friends. A few therapy sessions with those individuals can often help all to better understand the impact of the disorder and to more effectively manage those aspects of the relationships that are most affected by recurrent bipolar symptoms.