Randy Withers, MA,NCC, LPCA, LCS-A
Bipolar Disorder, like so many other mental illnesses, is often misdiagnosed or worse, self-diagnosed by people who don’t know any better. I’ve heard mothers report that their child is bipolar because he talks back (that’s not a symptom). Bipolar gets the blame for lots of things, even though criteria for the disorder itself are fairly rigid. Actual bipolar disorder is an overwhelming and serious illness that can have a significant impact on quality of life, to say nothing of basic mental functioning. Fortunately, treatments exist to manage the condition, even though there is no known cure.
Randy Withers, MA is a National Certifed Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCA) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS-A) in North Carolina. He specializes in dual diagnosis substance abuse and mental health treatment.