Our expert says:
There are 3 main signs of dementia. The first is loss of memory, and I forget the other two.
However, I think I do remember you, Ann.
Now for your specific question. I get boring to some at times, recommending a specific method of psychotherapy / counselling called CBT or Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy. But there is more good evidence of it being effective in a surprisingly wide range of situations, than for any other available method. And it aims, specifically, to help you learn to bring under control, bad habits of thought and behaviour that are inconvenient and unwanted.
This might help you learn to control some aspects of your moods and how they usually express themselves. But, depending on how expertly the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder has been made ( sometimes this is done very well, and sometimes rather more shakily ) if there is a significant Bipolar Disorder it may beed mood stabilizing drugs to help you keep the mood swings under control, though Epitec is far from being the only one available - a number of others could be tried.
If you have doubts about the diagnosis and/or the proposed treatment, why not seek a second opinion from another shrink ?
As properly diagnosed Bipolar Disorder is a serious and difficult condition, I have never heard of it being brought under control by self-therapy. If indeed this is perhaps NOT full-blown bipolar disorder, but an unstable mood with awkward ways of behaving and feeling when the moods vary, maybe CBT ( which is a way of training you in expert self-therapy ) could suffice.
There is no expert agreement on whether bipolar disorder is reliably seen in children at all, and no agreed way to diagnose it if it did occur. Absolutely ordinary kids can show most annoying changes in mood and behaviour ! You're not a terrible mother, I'm sure - a terrible mother wouldn't notice anything or care about it if she did. Maybe, if you happened to see a psychologist for CBT, one of the things you could also discuss issues of child-raising psychology. Sometimes, if one does a bit too much for the kids, its not the most helpful way of teaching them to take responsibility for themselves.
Thanks for the good wishes for 2011 - I'm hoping 2012 will be a bit better than 2011 was !
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