How People with Bipolar Think - How to Help

Natasha Tracy
Duration: 90 Minutes
Webinar Id: 602139
Instructor: Natasha Tracy

Price Details

Recorded Webinar
$179. One Attendee
$379. Unlimited Attendees

Unlimited Attendees: Any number of participants

Recorded Version: Unlimited viewing for 6 months (Access information will be emailed 24 hours after the completion of live webinar)


Humans all think, all the time and most people have similarities in thought processes. Most people have reasonable, measured, moderate thoughts. And while there are many variations on these theme, these thoughts occur on a bell curve with most people being in the meaty part of the curve.

Those with bipolar disorder, however, often have very extreme thoughts and their thought processes tend to exist on the very far ends of the bell curve. This can make understanding how a person with bipolar acts very challenging as these actions are driven by thought processes the average person doesn't experience. While these thoughts may seem "crazy" at first, it's important to realize that they are simply an extreme part of the human experience that do fall along a continuum that is experienced by everyone.

Understanding these thought processes is the first step in understanding why a person with bipolar does what he or she does and how you can help a person with bipolar disorder deal with his or her own illness either on a personal or professional level. This knowledge will breed a deeper understanding of the experience of this serious mental illness and increase compassion towards those facing it.

That's where this webinar comes in. This webinar aims to give attendees a look into the mind of a person with bipolar disorder. Attendees will learn about general thought processes present in bipolar disorder as well as specific cognitive distortions such as mental filtering and labeling. Cognitive distortions will be broken down by mood episode. Techniques on how to help someone experiencing distorted thoughts are given and helpful therapies are outlined.

Additionally, attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the instructor who, herself, has been dealing with bipolar disorder for 20 years and openly shares her own experiences with the illness.


Why you should Attend:

Bipolar disorder is a serious, chronic, lifelong illness that can be very difficult to deal with both for the person with bipolar disorder and for those around him or her. Bipolar disorder can be particularly challenging for those who wish to help those with bipolar disorder in a personal or professional capacity. Part of the reason for this is the unusual, seemingly non-anticipatable acts of those with bipolar disorder. These acts are typically driven by thinking that those who don't experience bipolar disorder don't understand.

The lifetime prevalence of bipolar I in the United States is approximately 1% while bipolar II is approximately 1.1%. Additional subthreshold bipolar disorders occur in approximately 2.4-4.7% of the population. This is an illness that affects literally millions in the United States and cannot be ignored.

In all cases of bipolar disorder, thought processes of the individual are altered. These altered thoughts may be mood-congruent or simply due to the illness itself. Distorted thoughts can be very harmful to the psyche and lead to harmful actions up to and including suicide. Understanding how people with bipolar think is the first step in helping to stem the pain those with bipolar disorder often feel and preventing regrettable actions such the loss of quality of life or life itself.

This webinar will allow attendees to peek inside the brain of a person with bipolar disorder and gain an understanding of not only how a person with bipolar disorder thinks but also how to help that person. This type of understanding and help can, quite literally, save lives.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Bipolar disorder facts you need to know
  • An overview of human thinking processes in general Explanation of cognitive distortion
  • Typical cognitive distortions in bipolar depression
  • Typical cognitive distortions in bipolar hypomania or bipolar mania
  • Cognitive distortions that may appear irrespective of mood
  • Techniques for helping those with bipolar
  • Additional resources
  • Q and A

Who Will Benefit:

  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Specialists
  • Psychiatrists
  • General Practitioners
  • Loved Ones of those with Bipolar Disorder
  • Anyone who Wishes to understand Bipolar Disorder better or help those with Bipolar Disorder

Speaker Profile
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker, advocate and bipolar disorder expert. She has written thousands of articles on all manner of mental illness and mental health topics. Natasha lives with bipolar disorder and has written the acclaimed book Lost Marbles Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar. Her work can be found on sites like the Huffington Post, Daily Mail, HealthyPlace, Healthline, PsychCentral and others. She is also the coauthor, with Prakash Masand MD, of Results From an Online Survey of Patient and Caregiver Perspectives on Unmet Needs in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder, a paper published in the Primary Care Companion CNS Disorders journal.

Natasha’s Bipolar Burble site is one of the most well-regarded mental health blogs online and she is considered a highly-influential patient leader and advocate. Her thoughts on mental health and mental illness treatment have been sought by academics, advocates and the press alike. Natasha believes strongly that patient-centered mental health care can improve outcomes and the lives of both patients and doctors.

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