Talkspace providers will conduct a bipolar disorder screening to provide a full diagnosis using the criteria in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by episodes of mania (or hypomania) and depression. Depression is unipolar, there is no episode of mania. The term bipolar depression could be used to describe the depressive episodes of someone who experiences both highs and lows of bipolar disorder but is not a clinical diagnosis itself.
Therapists use evidence-based treatment interventions that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Therapy is often done in conjunction with medication management from a prescriber.