Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose as it has a range of presentations. Its effects however can be devastating and it has one of the highest suicide rates of any mental health condition.
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- Who uses our service
- The bipolar service provides specialised assessment and psychological interventions for service users (aged 16+ in Solihull and 25+ in Birmingham), with a diagnosis or query diagnosis of bipolar disorder. An integrated treatment approach is delivered which embraces the use of both pharmacotherapy and psychological interventions to secure the best outcomes for those with bipolar disorder.
- How we can help
- The Bipolar service (MDS) programme is based on a recovery model and incorporates the following modules into its programme all of which play an instrumental part in the long-term management of bipolar disorder.
- The Mood On Track programme consists of the following:
• Comprehensive specialist assessment,
• Mood on Track course, 10 sessions,
• individual relapse prevention, 4-6 sessions (with family members if appropriate),
• Monthly support groups – offered to all who have attended the Mood On Track course, used as an opportunity to gain further support, meet with other group members and provide either specialist refresher sessions on aspects of mood management or visiting speakers to talk on relevant topics for mood management. The group is facilitated by staff from the service but the contents of the support meetings are decided in advance by attendees.
• Specialist CBT based workshops to respond to specific needs (for example anger, perfectionism, depression, motivation, stress, anxiety and family focused workshops have taken place).
• Consultancy to external employers on reasonable adjustments (at service user’s request).