for Bipolar Disorder
Orange County Bipolar Disorder Treatment Center
D’AMORE HEALTHCARE AND BIPOLAR DISORDER
The rollercoaster of bipolar disorder can make treatment especially difficult. D’Amore Healthcare’s approach to the spectrum of bipolar disorder diagnosis is a stable, structured environment that builds self-efficacy. Our nationally-recognized, licensed residential mental health treatment center in Orange County will give you a new formula for stress relief and decision-making. Furthermore, our evidence-based, customized approach will give you the tools you need to live a productive life and enjoy rewarding relationships.
D’Amore Healthcare takes your complete physical, social, and psychological history into account. Our well-trained, licensed clinicians will guide you through each step of our personalized process, from education and counseling to activities and personal growth assignments. As a result, with sustained engagement and time, individuals will achieve a new sense of self-awareness, combined with a scientifically-proven strategy to manage and move on from bipolar disorder.
PARTNERING WITH D’AMORE MEANS A BALANCED LIFE
Bipolar disorder is a serious condition that requires expertise, screening, and attention. Our well-trained social workers and therapists provide a safe environment to begin the stabilization process and help our patients navigate the pitfalls of early recovery. Additionally, we create a treatment plan tailored to each individual’s needs in order to provide patients with the therapeutic modalities necessary to learn new coping mechanisms. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but the D’Amore Healthcare staff will teach you how to manage it and live with balance and autonomy.
D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis, mental health treatment center for adult men and women specializing in the intervention, acute stabilization, and residential treatment of bipolar disorder. We are a Joint Commission accredited, licensed facility located in the sunny, beach communities of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California.
BIPOLAR DISORDER TREATMENT
Bipolar disorder is categorized as a mood disorder. It can have dramatic affects on a person’s mood, energy levels, and behavior, but these symptoms are highly treatable. Learning how to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder effectively can be difficult. But with the proper treatment program, a person can learn to live comfortably. Because there is no cure for bipolar, even when the symptoms of depression and mania go away, a patient is still at risk. Even after their symptoms have been dormant for years, a person can regress into unhealthy behavior patterns if bipolar is not consistently managed.
The most effective treatment program for bipolar disorder is a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and education. At our Orange County Residential Psychiatric Treatment Facility, we provide a full spectrum of therapeutic methods so that our patients can find the right program to treat their symptoms.
We offer the following treatment modalities for those who have bipolar disorder:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Strategic Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Positive Psychology
- Our “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program
- Experiential Therapy
- Strategic Family Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Integrative Functional Medicine
- Reality Therapy
WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?
Bipolar Disorder is a very common, though potentially very serious, mental health disorder. The National Institute on Mental Health reports that an estimated 4.4% of adult people in the United States will experience Bipolar Disorder in their LIfetime. Individuals with this disorder alternate between periods of extreme depression and episodes of mania, which are characterized by an abnormally elevated mood. The suicide rate after 20 years of bipolar disorder is 6%, with an increase to 20% for those who spend a lifetime with the disease. Meanwhile, 30-40% of individuals report cutting or some other type of self-harm.
Bipolar disorder is like being trapped on a rollercoaster. Individuals experience swings from extreme highs to extreme lows, and episodes can last for weeks, even months at a time. As a result, the individual’s quality of life, as well as their relationships with others, suffer. People with bipolar disorder have a significantly increased risk of other mental health disorders, ranging from substance abuse (which requires addiction treatment) to suicide.
Types of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar I – This is sometimes called Manic-Depressive Disorder or Manic Depression. A person with Bipolar I will suffer from manic episodes. These episodes of mania are characterized by an unusually elevated mood and high energy levels. They will also suffer from episodes of severe depression. The affected individual will cycle between these periods of mania and depression throughout their lives. To their friends and family members, people with Bipolar I can appear to only suffer from occasional bouts with depression. During manic stages, a bipolar person may appear to be their healthy, happy selves. However, even though some people with Bipolar thrive during their manic phases, they will need professional treatment in order to maintain a healthy life balance.
Bipolar II – This type of bipolar disorder causes patients to experience a milder form mania during their manic periods. They will have a more subtle form of mood elevation, called hypomania (or less than mania). People with Bipolar II will also suffer from depression. These depressive periods will be much longer in duration than the hypomanic episodes. Some people cycle back and forth between these episodes, while others will experience long periods of stability before shifting into an elevated or deflated mood.
Cyclothymic Disorder – This disorder, also called Cyclothymia, is much milder than the other forms of bipolar. Patients with Cyclothymic disorder experience brief episodes with hypomanic symptoms followed by short periods of depression. Typically these symptoms are not as intense or extensive as they would be for someone with Bipolar I. Patients experience these fluctuations for a matter of days or weeks but often not longer than that. It is often difficult to distinguish a person with Cyclothymia from someone who is experiencing mood swings. This makes it difficult to diagnose this disorder in some people.
“Mixed Features” – This form of bipolar is characterized by the simultaneous appearance of the symptoms of both depressive and manic episodes. People suffering from this disorder often experience high energy, sleeplessness, racing thoughts and speech, agitation, and irritability. At the same time, they may experience depressive symptoms like sadness, lack of motivation, guilt, feelings of hopelessness, and even suicidal ideation.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BIPOLAR DISORDER
Bipolar disorder can emerge at any age. However, people with this disorder generally begin to experience the symptoms in the late teens or early twenties. The specific signs and symptoms experienced are different for every individual, and they often evolve over time.
- Lack of motivation
- Increased Energy Levels
- Delusions of grandeur
- Racing thoughts
- Trouble concentrating
- Poor impulse control
- Changes in appetite
- Memory loss
- Thoughts of suicide
The increased suicide risk, as well as comorbidity with other mental health conditions, including communicable disease, nutritional deficiency, autoimmune disease, obesity, alcoholism, and addiction, make bipolar daunting to face. If you or someone you know is suffering from bipolar disorder, please get help immediately.
HELPING A LOVED ONE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER
If you have a friend, family member, or loved one with bipolar, you know the challenges that come along with the disorder. Bipolar can cause extreme mood swings and irrational, frantic behaviors in the people who suffer from it. The loved ones living with and interacting with a person with Bipolar can be just as affected by the mental illness as the person themself. There is a lot of work that goes into helping a person with bipolar disorder learn to live with their illness. But it is just as important for their loved ones to learn how to understand and cope with this condition. Being able to be there for a loved one during a manic or depressive episode isn’t easy. But there are a few things you can do to be supportive when things get tough.
- Learn as much as you can about Bipolar Disorder
- Stay calm
- Listen intently
- Avoid arguments
- Stay away from frustrating topics
- Let them know you are on their side
- Support them through the therapeutic process
- Remember that some things are beyond your control
- Stay positive