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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Promises

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness that must be carefully managed. There is currently no cure. But with the right help, people with bipolar disorder can get better and lead rewarding, successful lives. Promises Treatment Centers specializes in treating people with addiction and co-occurring disorders and, in client satisfaction surveys, nearly all of our clients say they would recommend us to a friend or family member. The mental health professionals at Promises can help clients gain control of their symptoms and live a full life. Bipolar disorder treatment at Promises includes traditional and alternative therapies. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist to properly manage any medication needs.

In addition to specialized psychiatric care to manage the biological component of bipolar disorder and its complex symptoms, our team of mental health experts helps clients “land” back in their bodies. We offer trauma-focused therapies and experiential approaches that meet clients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness once known as manic depression. As the older name suggests, people with bipolar disorder go through powerful mood changes, sometimes feeling overly “high” and full of energy, and other times feeling very “down” and hopeless. Mood shifts in bipolar disorder may occur only a few times a year or as often as several times a week.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports 10% to 20% of people suffering from bipolar disorder commit suicide. In an effort to balance out their moods, people with bipolar disorder sometimes turn to drugs and alcohol, unaware that substance use has the opposite effect. Drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines can jumpstart the extreme “up” moods, while alcohol is strongly linked to depressive “down” episodes. In addition, research shows that people with bipolar illness, especially women, have a high rate of alcoholism.

Millions of American adults, teens and even younger children are affected by bipolar disorder. The symptoms are typically seen beginning in the late teen or early adult years, and, like diabetes or heart disease, the illness lasts a lifetime. Some people with bipolar illness have trouble holding down a job or doing well in school.

How Is Bipolar Disorder Treated?

Bipolar disorder is a complex brain disorder with a high relapse rate. Outpatient care might not be enough for long-term successful outcomes. Many people with untreated or undertreated bipolar disorder attempt to alleviate their symptoms by abusing drugs or alcohol. People with bipolar disorder are at higher risk for having an alcohol use disorder than with any other mental health disorder.

There are many different treatments for people suffering from bipolar disorder and substance abuse, including one-on-one therapy, group counseling, family counseling and medication. Because drug abuse compounds the problems of people with bipolar illness — creating more frequent and longer-lasting mood swings — treating both conditions is essential.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to help people with bipolar disorder re-evaluate their way of thinking about themselves and the world, which can stabilize their moods and help keep their lives on track. Therapy sessions are also designed to help clients develop healthy coping skills for dealing with the urge to self-medicate with drugs. Mindfulness meditation can also help by focusing awareness on the present moment and halting destructive thinking patterns.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

About 40% of people with bipolar disorder receive another diagnosis first and may go years before the illness is correctly identified. About one in three people diagnosed with depression may actually have bipolar disorder. Nobody knows exactly what causes bipolar disorder, but several factors may contribute to the onset of the illness, including:

Genetics: Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. It seems to have more to do with genetic makeup than upbringing.

Physiology: Chemical and physical abnormalities in the brain may be part of the cause.

Environment: Traumatic events like the death of a loved one, physical or emotional abuse, job loss, and even moving can contribute to bipolar disorder risk. Substance abuse also increases the risk.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The symptoms of bipolar disorder vary depending on the type of episode (manic or depressive). Each episode marks a dramatic change from the way a person typically acts.

People in the manic period may:

  • Feel a sense euphoria, their self-worth skyrockets and they may feel invincible
  • Speak so quickly that it can be difficult for others to understand what they’re talking about
  • Have a decreased need for sleep, yet still feel full of energy
  • Feel easily agitated, irritable, hyper or easily distracted
  • Engage in risky behavior such as recklessly spending money, acting out sexually, or making off-the-cuff business decisions that may have devastating consequences

People in the depressive state may:

  • Feel sad or hopeless
  • Feel worried and empty
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Be forgetful
  • Lose interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Have trouble sleeping or sleep too much
  • Think about death or suicide

Bipolar disorder causes unusual and/or abrupt shifts in mood, energy and the ability to function normally in everyday activities. Unlike the typical ups and downs that everyone goes through at one time or another, with bipolar the ups and downs can be severe. People with bipolar disorder may experience a range of potentially serious consequences, including damaged relationships, poor performance on the job or in school, and even attempts at suicide.

Need Bipolar Disorder Treatment?

We understand the challenges of living with bipolar disorder or loving someone who suffers from it. Our approach to treating mental health disorders and addiction is evidence-based, compassionate and empowering. You’ll benefit from a team of caring medical specialists and the latest traditional and alternative therapies so you can effectively manage your mental health and live a fulfilling, joyful life. Call us now for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568

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