Bipolar Disorder, Eliza, Esser discussed on Therapy for Black Girls


Like, you know, like, let's say you see client, and you realize like, okay, I think some of this that that you're presenting with maybe a bipolar disorder. I know sometimes that comes with like heightened like emotionality. And how do you work with the client who may be struggling with some of these? So a lot of my work is focused working with clients who do have some challenges with regards select moon regulation. So that's not just by all of this order, but also, but like now disorder or the trait of online personality disorder, and I often really start the same place with them that I would with any client that I have, you know, what do you want out of your life? You know, what can you want your life to look like, you know, what is the vision that you have or you want to be how do you want to be seen in the world? How you show up in the world. And then we really talk about what's working for them. Not. But I've seen not with family ease not with whoever referred to me like what eighty but. No, what is working you in your life in what is not working, and we start from that point. Oftentimes when we really delve into. Their mood changes the cycles behaviors that are not giving them the results that they want for their life. That's where we're able to really do the work on change in behavior on increasing adherents in the medication that you're prescribed on, you know, even verbalizing discussing with Dr changes to the medication that a more in really engaging in their treatment in not being passive receivers. Oh treatment. But you know, really thinking about what they want a house with cheated on Easter levels Ubani different tools. I love the way that you put them Eliza because I think kind of going back to what you said earlier around kind of receiving one of these agnosio, it kind of feels like, oh, my life is over like, you know, kind of doom and you're really talking about the treatment. Looking like, how do we actually get you to be able to live more of the life that you want in focusing on symptoms and making changes in behaviors as opposed to focusing on the diagnosis, right? Like, really? Wanting to actually get you to chain of these behaviors. So that you're not as impacted by the diagnosis, right? Exactly. Also allowing people to see like you can have a full life. I think a lot of times remember, you know, and clients resisted most is because they assume that this means that you never gonna be able to work it never gonna be able to have children. It never gonna be able to do the things that you want to do life dream. But there are many people who are working in rivalry very successful with, you know, many different mental health diagnosis, it's really about engaging in the things that you need to engage in for you to feel better. And you know, being clear about that with yourself about what that is as opposed to simply trying to run away from it. So what are some of those things that you started tackle like what are some of the behaviors that frequently come up that you do work with your clients on trying to change or manage? So a lot of it has to do with. Anger in the education that comes either from being in a managed aides or the ability note, like the decrease in functioning that comes from being in a depressive state, those rapid mood changes in the habit that it can sort of recall your interpersonal relationships your work relationships functioning school. I have a lot of clients who are in college or pursuing master's degrees, and the changes are in prevent down from, you know, making schedules meaning nine, and, you know, doing the things that they want to do to school for some reason, I tracked hire cheaper from our quiets wannabe straight as this. They wanted to well all the time. And so oftentimes just feeling is all being don't have any control and that the people in their life. Whether it's Esser award parent don't understand that. And then they feed the negative consequences from that. So I really really work with them on being able to. Two one understand for themselves. What's happening to be able to identify triggers before the triggers actually become problematic grind? So if you're having a symptom onset typically, there are minor changes in your life that will happen before.

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