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Can I Control Bipolar Symptoms by Building Confidence?

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Hi, it’s been stated that bipolar can be caused by a chemical imbalance, here’s something I read:

The chemicals responsible for controlling the brain’s functions are called neurotransmitters and include noradrenaline, serotonin and dopamine.

My question is:

Can working towards building self-confidence or a higher self-esteem profile help stabilize your bipolar episodes. In other words is there a link between those who build their self-confidence and their ability to control bipolar.

I have been reading a lot of books and done workshops on confidence, and I feel this has helped me cope with the episodes and cycles. Just want to know if this actually does help and has been proven to help. Thanks.

Can I Control Bipolar Symptoms by Building Confidence?

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I’m currently not aware of any explicit theories that suggest confidence building decreases symptoms of bipolar disorder. If by confidence building you mean the development of coping skills and expertise concerning the management of disorder symptoms, then it could be an effective treatment strategy. You’re living proof of its effectiveness.

It is always wise to consult a mental health professional (in-person) with regard to treatment (and you should) but if your strategies are helping, then there’s no reason to stop. If you find that your method no longer works or it’s having a negative impact on your life, then try something different. I congratulate you on your efforts and wish you continued success. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Can I Control Bipolar Symptoms by Building Confidence?

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Can I Control Bipolar Symptoms by Building Confidence?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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