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Bipolar disorder is a medical condition, not merely a personality trait, and stresses the need for accurate diagnosis, which takes years due to its complexities.

Welcome to the PsyMood Series Podcast Blog, where we explore the fascinating world of psychology and its impact on our mood and well-being.

In Episode 13 of the PsyMood Podcast, host Sally Seiriki, Host, delved into a fascinating discussion with Kely Cruz, Therapist, specializing in bipolar disorder. Kely shared insights into the complexities of bipolar disorder, shedding light on its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.


Bipolar disorder is not simply about mood swings but is rooted in physiological changes in the brain. It encompasses depressive episodes, marked by prolonged periods of sadness and low energy, as well as manic or hypomanic phases characterized by heightened euphoria, impulsivity, and sometimes psychosis. Kely emphasized the importance of understanding that bipolar disorder is a medical condition, not merely a personality trait, and stressed the need for accurate diagnosis, which often takes years due to its complexities.


The conversation delved into various aspects, including the challenges of diagnosing bipolar disorder, especially in teenagers and young adults, and the risk of misdiagnosis leading to inappropriate treatments that can exacerbate symptoms. Kely highlighted the significance of comprehensive evaluation by both psychotherapists and psychiatrists, as well as the importance of tracking mood changes and identifying triggers.


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The discussion also explored the impact of gender on bipolar disorder, with Kely noting that while the prevalence is similar between genders, women tend to experience more rapid cycling and are often diagnosed with bipolar II.  Men may more frequently exhibit bipolar I with full manic episodes.


Kely shared valuable advice for caregivers and loved ones of individuals with bipolar disorder, emphasizing the importance of education, support, and communication. She underscored the need for caregivers to prioritize their well-being and seek assistance when necessary, recognizing that caregiving can be emotionally challenging.


Overall, the episode provided a comprehensive understanding of bipolar disorder, dispelling myths and misconceptions while offering practical guidance for individuals living with the condition and those supporting them. Kely’s expertise and passion for helping individuals navigate bipolar disorder shone through, making Episode 13 informative and inspiring.

Let me introduce you to our guest!

Bio: Kely Cruz, Therapist

I am a Brazilian Psychotherapist. I graduated 9 years ago and am a Member of CRP- Regional Council of Psychology (Brazilian Psychological Association). My approach is based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and I’ve been working with people who suffer from Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Above all training or approaches, what is most important to me is the therapeutic bond and to help alleviate some of the suffering you may be going through. My goal is to work together and find ways for you to feel life is worth living. My clinical practice focuses on the investigation of the emotional, behavioural and cognitive development of the person. It also focuses on skills for the development of emotional regulation, distress tolerance, improvement in relationships and problem-solving.

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