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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

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Bipolar Disorder 2Unfortunately, those afflicted with Bipolar disorder teeter on an emotional line, and any push in either direction will send them into an out of control emotional episode. On the positive side, they can experience an extreme high, where they enjoy life, work long hard hours, and have great relations with family and friends. Two days later, they can be bed ridden with depression, and not willing to do any of their daily activities.

For those afflicted with Bipolar disorder, it is imperative that they acknowledge they have the disorder, and seeking treatment to gain the knowledge of how to combat the symptoms. Trying to ignore the illness is be disruptive to one’s life and will raise stress levels, furthering the complication of the situation. Due to the many types of Bipolar disorder, many treatment programs exist to suit each individual’s needs.

Our facilities have developed a therapy structure to bring any underlying conditions to the surface, and to simultaneously cure all co-occurring conditions. In being able to do such intensive work, we are able to offer the best treatment options, and give the individual all of the knowledge needed to be able to handle their Bipolar or co-existing conditions.

The Truth About Bipolar Disorders

As stated by The National Alliance on Mental Illness, yearly, around three percent of this nation’s citizens are diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorder has two portions, extremely high periods, and extremely low periods. The high periods are known as mania, where the individual experiences euphoria, and grandiose feelings. Opposite of that is the depression, or the extreme lows. During episodes of the individual feels as if nothing matters, and are uninterested in many aspects of life. Those suffering from Bipolar disorder are also susceptible to experiencing hallucinations.

Bipolar Disorder Explained

As stated earlier, Bipolar consists of extreme high periods, and extreme low periods. These violent shifts in mood and behavior typically make it hard for the afflicted individuals to live a normal life. The duration of the episodes can vary from days to months. With proper treatment though, the individuals can learn to manage their symptoms and have a more predictable and enjoyable life. There are a few classifications of Bipolar Disorder, including:

Bipolar I disorder: Consists of manic or varied episodes that last for longer than seven days, or extreme manic symptoms that require hospitalization.  This variations also includes depressive episodes that last at least two weeks.

Bipolar II disorder: A long lasting depressive incident interspersed with hypomanic episodes.

Bipolar disorder not otherwise specified When an individual experiences Bipolar symptoms that do not fall under the general criteria for one particular Bipolar Disorder.

Cyclothymic disorder or Cyclothymia: A less severe type of Bipolar Disorder where individuals will experience hypomania and a mild depressive state for two years or longer. These individuals also do not fall under the criteria for any other Bipolar Disorders.

Rapid-cycling bipolar disorder: An individual who experiences four or more different types of episodes within one year.

Bipolar Symptoms

Symptoms Bipolar Disorder is hard to notice because the symptoms of it do not happens simultaneously. But, noticing that someone displays many symptoms of a manic episode one months, and symptoms of a depressive episode another month, may help a person deeply in need.

Symptoms of a manic episode:

  • Feeling too happy, outgoing, or high over a longer point of time
  • Feelings of superiority
  • Grandiose thoughts
  • Racing ideas
  • Quickly talking
  • Constantly anxious and restless
  • Feeling invincible
  • Being impulsive
  • Participating in risky behavior

Symptoms of depressive episode:

  • Prolonged feelings of hopeless
  • Prolonged depression
  • Lack of enthusiasm for previous hobbies
  • Inability to focus
  • Irregular sleeping patterns
  • Always tired
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Fluctuation in weight
  • Fluctuation in appetite

Treating Bipolar Disorder

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder consist of a multi-faceted approach that aims to regulate the effects of the disorder, and prepare the individual to deal with all future symptoms. If medication is needed, it will as be administered as part of the treatment.

The person will go through a comprehensive assessment that uncovers all co-existing conditions, allowing us to simultaneously treat all symptoms. Doing such we can properly treat all symptoms and prepare the individual to properly handle all of their disorders. This also allows the individual to understand that there were many things working against them, and that it was not their fault they were experiencing issues.

The treatment for Bipolar Disorder contains a combination of therapeutic and experiential modalities. Therapeutic modalities are based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), and these therapies deal with understanding one’s self and behavior. From understanding, the ability to modify and create new behaviors is gained. Experiential treatments focuses on unearthing subconscious behaviors and thoughts, so that they can be treating in combination with the Bipolar disorder. Utilizing both modalities offer the individual the best understanding of their condition, and the opportunity to better manage themselves upon completion of the treatment program.

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