We are all experiencing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and we know that many of you will be worried and upset about what it could mean over the coming days and weeks. As always, City Psychology Group (CPG) is here to help and support you.

Many of our clients routinely make use of our equally effective online therapy sessions, so in light of the current situation our team are working very hard to ensure all clients can benefit from continued therapy online. We therefore ask for you to please bear with us during this busy period in order to enable us to continue providing you with the high quality care that we pride ourselves in. You can do this by providing us with as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend a session as demand is currently high.

We wish you well at this uncertain time, and are grateful to all those in other health services elsewhere, who are working selflessly to keep everyone safe.

Be well and there for each other.

Dr Michael Sinclair
CEO, Clinical Director

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, which used to be called manic depression, involves extreme moods: you might have alternating periods of very high and very low mood, each lasting several weeks or months. These are called mania and depression.

When you are “high”, you might have a great deal of energy and feel very good. You might have lots of ideas and feel very powerful. You might talk a lot and very fast, and do things that you would not otherwise, like spending lots of money or taking risks. You might get frustrated or angry with others and even become aggressive. At the peak of your high mood, you might be confused and even start to believe things that are not true. While it can feel great to be high in this way, it can cause a lot of problems in your life, because you are acting in ways that you would not usually, and which may be unwise.

When you are down, you might feel very sad, lack energy, and struggle to engage in your usual activities. 

Bipolar disorder runs in families, because genes are a major cause of it. Treatment is usually with mood-stabilising medication such as lithium, but psychological therapy can also be very helpful. Therapy can help you to learn the signs that your mood is starting to become unusually high or low, and to take actions that will limit rather than fuel that process. With medication and therapy, bipolar disorder can often be managed well so that it does not disrupt your life.









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