I have been previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I had counseling all through my childhood but when I turned 18 my Medicaid ran out. I have been suffering from intense mood swings, including manic fits of aggression and lash outs and then ending with a day full of this deep, depressed feeling that I can't shake off. Even when I'm doing it, and I know I'm doing it, I can't stop. I feel so fed up with myself and I keep just wanting to run away from it all but I don't even know how I could accomplish that. Is there counseling through UAA that I could go through that can re-prescribe my medication, and does it provide regular counseling sessions? I just hate my actions right now. . . I feel so out of control.
Congratulations for seeking help! My first question is, are you safe at this time? If you feel like you are a threat to harm yourself or others, please seek help immediately. The Providence Psychiatric Emergency Department is available at 3200 Providence Drive in Anchorage; the phone number is 562-2211.
If you are safe at this time, and you are an eligible student, you may call the Student Health and Counseling Center to set up a screening appointment; the number is 786-4040.
Other community services with counseling and medication management include:
Anchorage Community Mental Health at 563-1000; located at 4020 Folker St., Anchorage
Providence Alaska Family Practice Center at 562-9229; located at 1201 East 36th St., Anchorage
Anchorage Neighborhood Mental Health Center at 257-4600; located at 1217 East 10th Ave., Anchorage
Southcentral Foundation Fireweed Behavioral Health Clinic at 729-2500; located at 4341 Tudor Center Dr., Anchorage
As you know, Bipolar disorder is very treatable. I encourage you to seek attention at one of the above agencies, or at the UAA Student Health and Counseling.