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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Promises

It’s possible to still live a fulfilling life with bipolar disorder. Our mental health professionals will help you manage your bipolar symptoms. You’ll also receive expert psychiatric care for co-occurring disorders like substance abuse.

What’s Treatment for Bipolar Disorder Like?

Promises specializes in treating mental health conditions and substance abuse.  Bipolar disorder treatment at Promises includes traditional and alternative therapies. Your treatment plan depends on your needs, length of stay and Promises location. It may include:

Individual therapyResearch shows one-on-one therapy for bipolar disorders is particularly effective. This is especially true when paired with family-focused therapy. You’ll build a trusting relationship with a therapist trained in bipolar treatment. Individual counseling helps you delve into underlying issues that are fueling your disorder.

Group therapy – Relationships can be challenging when you’re living with bipolar disorder. Group therapy provides a supportive place to learn healthy ways of interacting with others. Hearing from peers who share similar struggles helps you feel less isolated. Group therapy leaders will teach you better ways of coping with bipolar symptoms.

Co-occurring disorders treatment – It’s common for people with bipolar disorder to have other mental health conditions. Anxiety disorder and substance abuse are especially common in people living with bipolar disorder.  Your treatment team includes substance abuse and mental health professionals. Thorough assessments help determine which approaches are best for addressing your co-occurring issues.

Psychiatric care – You’ll meet regularly with our psychiatric staff. We’ll make sure medication dosage is ideal. We’ll monitor side effects of medications and adjust dosage as appropriate. You’ll learn about taking medications like mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics.

Alternative approaches – We offer traditional therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy as well as alternative approaches. Depending on your length of stay and the Promises location,  alternative treatment for bipolar may include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Fitness
  • Spiritual practices
  • Trauma-focused therapies
  • Psychodrama
  • Creative activities like art and music

Family-focused therapy – Repairing relationships is a large part of bipolar treatment. Family-focused therapy helps your loved ones begin understanding bipolar disorder. We’ll educate them on your diagnosis and treatment. They’ll learn about the lifestyle changes needed to support your recovery. Loving someone with a mental illness can take a toll on physical and mental health. Family members will also learn how to take care of themselves while supporting you.

Aftercare – From day one you’ll begin better managing bipolar disorder. You’ll learn healthy coping skills that can last a lifetime. We’ll also work with you to make sure you have proper support when you leave. We’ll connect you with mental health professionals that specialize in patients with bipolar. This may include psychiatrists, therapists and physicians. We’ll make sure you know about support groups and other bipolar disorder resources in your area. Our extensive alumni network is also an immense source of support.

Why Consider Inpatient Bipolar Disorder Treatment?

You’re not alone. Millions of Americans struggle with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a chronic disease like diabetes.  The good news is that with proper treatment, managing bipolar disorder is possible. You can still live a fulfilling life. Effective treatment is key though.

Consider inpatient treatment for bipolar disorder if:

  • You haven’t had success with outpatient treatment.
  • You also struggle with co-occurring issues like substance abuse or an anxiety disorder.
  • You’re having problems functioning in everyday life.

Inpatient treatment for bipolar disorders is effective because it includes:

Stabilization  – Living with bipolar disorder can be erratic. It’s sometimes takes time to get mood stabilizer doses just right. Treatment is more complex if you’re also struggling with substance abuse. Inpatient bipolar disorder treatment helps fine tune your diagnosis and treatment. Inpatient treatment for bipolar disorders addresses mental illness before it gets more severe. The National Institute of Mental Health reports 10% to 20% of people living with bipolar disorder commit suicide. Inpatient treatment helps stabilize manic symptoms and depressive symptoms. This helps prevent a crisis situation.

Structure –  Inpatient treatment provides more structure than treating bipolar disorders in outpatient settings. Days are filled with recovery activities. People with bipolar disorder are often unable to maintain jobs or stay in school. They lack structure to their days. Residential treatment for bipolar disorder helps you get used to a routine. This can help you more easily adjust to job or school schedules after treatment.

Professional and peer support – Receiving treatment for bipolar alongside peers can feel supportive. Knowing others struggle with mental illness helps you feel less isolated. Mental health professionals empower you to manage your bipolar symptoms effectively. This type of guidance on a daily basis can be transforming.

Co-occurring disorders treatment  – People with bipolar disorder sometimes abuse drugs and alcohol to balance their moods. Ironically, substance abuse has the opposite effect. Drugs like amphetamines can jumpstart episodes of mania. Alcohol can bring on a depressive episode. Residential treatment for bipolar disorder addresses co-occurring issues like substance abuse.

How Do You Treat Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a complex brain disorder with a high relapse rate. Outpatient care might not be enough for long-term success. Substance abuse often compounds the problem. People with bipolar disorder are at high risk for alcoholism. Substance abuse compounds the problems of people with bipolar disorder. It creates more frequent and longer-lasting mood swings. Treating both conditions is essential.

Common treatments for people suffering from bipolar disorder include:

  • One-on-one therapy with a mental health professional
  • Group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Medications like mood stabilizers, anticonvulsants and atypical antipsychotics
  • Mindfulness (focusing on the present moment helps halt destructive thinking patterns)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for bipolar. It helps people with bipolar disorder re-evaluate how they see themselves and the world. This can stabilize their moods and  keep their lives on track. Cognitive behavioral therapy sessions help people develop healthy coping skills. They can use these new skills to deal with urges to self-medicate with drugs.

Does Your Loved One Have Bipolar Disorder?

Everyone experiences ups and downs from time to time. People without mental illness can usually attribute mood swings to difficulties. People living with bipolar disorder  (sometimes called manic depression) experience unpredictable, severe highs (manias or hypomanias) and lows (depression), regularly.

Healthy relationships with people living with bipolar disorder are difficult. Their extreme mood swings of mania and depression are taxing. They may also struggle with substance abuse, making matters even worse. You may find yourself in a love-hate cycle with them. Their manic episodes can sometimes be energizing and exciting. Other times the mania phase can be scary and exhausting. A depressive episode is typically dark and disturbing.

The symptoms of bipolar disorder vary depending on the type of episode (manic or depressive). Each episode marks a dramatic change from the way your loved one normally acts. They will alternate between manic and depressive episodes when active in their disorder.  Review the following warning signs if you’re concerned a loved one may have bipolar disorder.

People in the manic phase may:

  • Feel a sense euphoria
  • Feel invincible and extremely self confident
  • Speak so quickly it’s difficult to understand them
  • Have a decreased need for sleep, yet still feel full of energy
  • Feel easily agitated, hyper and distracted
  • Take large risks
  • Recklessly spend money
  • Act out sexually
  • Make business decisions with devastating consequences

During a depressive episode they 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 involves more than mood swings. It causes abrupt shifts in mood and energy that make it hard to function in everyday activities. People with bipolar disorder may experience a range of potentially serious consequences, including:

  • Damaged relationships
  • Job loss or poor job performance
  • Poor school performance
  • Self-harm or suicide attempts

Bipolar disorder (once known as manic depression) is a serious mental illness.  Extreme mood swings may occur only a few times a year or as often as several times a week.

What Are Causes of Bipolar Disorder?

About 40% of people with bipolar disorder receive another diagnosis first. They may go years before they’re diagnosed with bipolar. Many people that receive a depression diagnosis may actually have bipolar disorder. Nobody knows exactly what causes bipolar disorder.  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 one of the causes of bipolar disorder.

Environment: Traumatic events can trigger bipolar disorder in people already at risk. These may include:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Stressful events like job loss

Substance abuse: Substance abuse increases your risk of bipolar disorder if you already have a genetic predisposition.

Live a More Fulfilling Life

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness that must be carefully managed. A better life is possible. It begins with the right treatment.

Our approach to treating mental illness is compassionate and empowering. You’ll receive treatment from a team of caring medical specialists. We integrate the latest traditional and alternative therapies. Learn how to live a joyful life. Call us now for a confidential conversation about treatment: 844-876-5568

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