Bipolar 101 Class

Gateway Psychiatric hosts Bipolar 101 groups for Gateway clients/patients hoping to learn more about how to manage the impact of their moods with more grace and awareness.

Bipolar 101 is an online, six session group that covers topics such as general knowledge of the disorder, medications, substance use, early detection of episodes, healthy routines and stress, and other treatment options. Understanding the disorder in more detail can be hugely impactful in helping to manage symptoms. In addition to gaining more knowledge and specific tools, the group offers an opportunity to connect with others who might share similar experiences and learn directly from their wisdom in a safe, non-judgemental space. As we collectively work to push society into the next era where seeking mental health services is no longer stigmatized, groups such as this have the powerful impact of breaking down the walls of stigma that often leave those seeking treatment feeling isolated and/or broken.

Group therapy can be a great venue to reaffirm that you are not alone. It can be a space to hear feedback, grow, and gain support. Research has shown that group therapy works — it can function as a way of promoting a “sense of shared purpose,” groups can “improve social networks and they can reduce stigma, isolation and feelings of alienation among members” and that “peer interactions appear to translate to real-world gains.” When discussing her experience with groups, Nina W. Brown, EdD, a professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. describes how, “Members can be agents of change for each other…seeing others’ progress can help group members realize they, too, can cope and feel better.”

The class is based on the acclaimed Barcelona Bipolar Disorders Program.

The Bipolar 101 group will cover topics such as:

  • “What is Bipolar?” – What do we know about the causes and what are the implications of this information.

  • “How and Why to Keep Track of Mood” – Options for mood charting and why this can make such a difference in how you manage moods.

  • “Medications” – The good, the bad, and the ugly. What you need to know about medication options.

  • “Substance Use” – The latest on how substances from CBD to LSD affect bipolar. Are some of these potential treatments? We’ll look at the data.

  • “Early Detection and Prevention of Severe Mood Swings” – Strategies for preventing routine small ups and downs from turning into mood episodes.

  • “Healthy Routines” – How a certain morning routine can help you achieve more stability.

  • “Other Treatments” – Non-medication approaches to treatment.

If you are interested in attending a future Gateway Bipolar 101 group, please get in touch with us and we will add you to our list. Also, to explore additional support groups, check out one of our previous group therapy blog posts that discusses virtual and in person groups further:

Bipolar 101 Group – Schedules 2023No available schedule yet. We’ll keep you posted