Bipolar disorder is a mental condition which mainly affects a persons mood. It is known for its periods of mania and depression. The person with Bipolar disorder experiences intense emotional changes, which can be rapid and confusing.
Some people also see or hear things that others around them do not or have uncommon, unshared, beliefs (referred to as delusions). These episodes can impair a person’s ability to actively and consistently participate or engage in activities of daily living.
Occupational therapy can help you take practical steps such as: establishing healthy routines, building a supportive social network, managing your stress and achieving a work life balance. Further information about the services we offer relating to mental health help can be found below.
How can KMA help?
If you have a 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 want, or need to. This could include something specific such as returning to, or remaining in, the workplace, increasing the level of structure and routine in your day or developing positive coping strategies.
During the assessment your Occupational Therapist will need to have a detailed but sensitive conversation with you. This will focus 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 assessment tools depending on your needs.
Our focus at KMA is on helping you to 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. Through this shared understanding we can work with you to identify realistic and achievable goals to increase your functional performance, improve your overall quality of life and help you to move forwards in your recovery journey.
Your Occupational Therapist will produce a detailed, yet accessible report of your assessment. The report will provide a summary of the barriers that are getting in the way of you fulfilling your roles and routines as you would wish to and make a number of recommendations to 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 have bipolar disorder, it’s important to seek medical advice from your GP in the first instance, who will be able to explore medication options and provide further information about mental health help. In addition, occupational therapy is an important part of overcoming bi-polar disorder and reducing its impact on your life and this is where KMA can help.
KMA Occupational Therapists are highly trained and experienced – they are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve your functional performance. They can work alongside, and in co-operation with any medical or other professionals involved in your care and support where appropriate. 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:
Personal goal setting
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?
Coping with levels of frustration/agitation?
Achieving a work/life balance?