Bipolar Disorder: What’s your mood?

Bradley Cooper’s new movie, “Silver Linings Playbook,” is a film which sheds light on a disorder that seems to be becoming more prevalent in the recent years: Bipolar Disorder. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual IV-Text Revision categorizes Bipolar Disorder as a Mood Disorder. Often the diagnosis is thrown around by family members when someone is moody or may have anger issues, “She’s bipolar!” But not so fast, the National Institute of Mental Health suggests that only about 3.9 % of the population suffers from this disorder. The NIMH also shows that almost 90% of cases are considered severe. So Mom’s impromptu diagnosis of her teenage daughter, is most likely an extreme assumption, to say the least!

So what are some signs and symptoms to look for? Check out this link from the NIMH website…

If you feel like you or anyone you know may be experiencing these symptoms, it could be important to seek out the help of a qualified counselor. Whether a diagnosis of BPD is appropriate or not, a licensed mental health counselor may be able to help you find more peace in daily life while providing some tools to help battle emotional discomfort. It may also be beneficial to seek out a psychiatric evaluation to examine if a medical intervention such as medication could be an option for you.

Star Point Counseling offers mental health services in two locations: Tampa and Brandon Florida. We have qualified, licensed therapists here to help. Call and make an appointment today! 813-244-1251. For any additional information please feel free to check out our website at

Happy Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Children get ready to share valentines and candy at their schools, Moms and Dads buy their children special gifts of love, and significant others search for the perfect gift for their “better halves.” But why is gift giving so important for some and not for others?
Author and PhD Gary Chapman explains that gifts are one of the five languages of love. One who looks at gift giving as an act of love may not only see the visible benefits, but will tend to put more emphasis on the thought behind the gift. In other words, “it’s the thought that counts.”For these individuals, Valentine’s Day may be built up and the expectations could be set extremely high. For the gift giver this can evoke a bit of anxiety as the search for the “perfect gift” ensues to show t your special someone just how magnificent he or she is. Some tips may be in order here…
1. Buy something that the other person wants, not what you want.
Often times we find things and think someone else will like them because we do. But, listening to what your partner wants and fulfilling those wishes may better serve you in the long run!
2. Find something sentimental that only the two of you would know about.
Whether it’s a trip to where you first met, or a re-creation of your first kiss, long relationships may benefit from bringing it back to where things all began.
And Finally, 3. Do not buy something in expectations of getting something back for it.
Buying gifts is about doing something for someone else, plain and simple. Obligating the other person makes the gift feel ingenuine, and may set the gift giver up for feelings of resentment.

Want more tips on languages of love and relationship satisfaction? Star Point Counseling has two convenient locations in Tampa and Brandon to provide top quality services! Call to make an appointment today 813-255-1251.

Meet Our Clinical Director!

Here is a little information about our Clinical Director and Co-founder Clarissa Crystal-Belle.
Clarissa Crystal-Belle Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), is co-founder and the Executive Clinical Director at Star Point Counseling Center. She has over 20 years of clinical therapy experience and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) since 1997.

Clarissa has extensive experience providing counseling and therapy for children, teens, individuals, couples and families. She has helped many people with issues of depression, stress, anxiety, relationships, marriage and family dynamic issues, separation and divorce, grief and loss, parenting skills, PTSD, repeated negative behavior as well as addictions. Please visit our website for more information at