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Bipolar disorder doesn't make you a bad person, or a weak person. It is, however, an illness, and should be treated as such. Bipolar is not an excuse to behave in a certain manner, nor do employers, lovers, family members or friends hand out special passes to those who suffer from it. Those of us who struggle with mental illness must actually struggle with it. We must work on a daily basis to keep maladaptive symptoms at bay. We really don't have a choice in the matter.
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Many mental health counselors are trained to work specifically with people suffering with bipolar disorder. People who suffer from this condition do so without a say in that matter. Nothing specifically causes bipolar disorder, though it can be genetic, the result of brain chemistry, or triggered by trauma. Many people with this illness lead full and meaningful lives. Others turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. It is a misunderstood condition, one that many people self-apply. Other conditions can look a lot like it, too. Depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are just a few examples.
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.