Bipolar Disorder Treatment

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that’s characterized by oscillating between emotional poles, which can include fluctuating between feeling euphoric peaks of joy/pleasure and enduring devastatingly dark valleys of depression. This disorder can also cause dramatic shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and ability to focus on or function in a regular daily routine.

We all have ups and downs, and it’s perfectly normal to feel phases of sadness and happiness. But if the highs and lows become excessive or unbalanced, these periods of powerful emotion might be damaging to relationships, affect daily life, and may even be life-threatening.

However, bipolar disorder can be properly treated. People with bipolar disorder can lead a fulfilling and productive life free from suffering under such emotional extremes. At our bipolar disorder treatment centers, we help our clients restore balance and peace of mind.

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Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, and Cyclothymic Disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), there are three types of bipolar disorder, including:

  • Bipolar I Disorder: This type is defined by manic episodes that last at least seven days or by manic symptoms that lead to hospitalization. Depressive episodes also occur and typically last about two weeks. Additionally, having depressive symptoms and manic symptoms at the same time (episodes of depression with mixed features) are also possible.
  • Bipolar II Disorder: Defined by depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, bipolar II disorder consists of less severe episodes than the manic episodes experienced with bipolar I disorder.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder: This type also called cyclothymia, although rare, is defined by recurrent hypomanic and depressive episodes that are milder than those experienced with other types of bipolar disorder.

What Does the Mental Illness Bipolar Disorder Look Like?

The main characteristic of people living with bipolar disorder is that they suffer under the weight of two intense emotional states, clinically known as mania and depression. Everyone’s bipolar disorder symptoms are different, with the severity of mania and depression varying from person to person. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 10 million Americans have bipolar disorder, but because of the irregular patterns of the illness, it’s often difficult to diagnose. Bipolar disorder can occur at any point in life, with more than half of all cases occurring between the ages of 15 and 25.
People with bipolar disorder may experience the following manic symptoms:
Depressive phases of bipolar disorder have the direct opposite effect. People with bipolar disorder in the depressive phase may experience the following symptoms:

Bipolar disorder can also include seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or having moods that change with the seasons. People with bipolar disorder that experience SAD may become manic or hypomanic in the spring or summer, become depressed in the fall or winter, or vice versa.

If left untreated, bipolar disorder can result in severe episodes of either mania or depression that can be life-threatening.

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Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Clearview

Many people with bipolar disorder don’t get the treatment they need, but they can’t get better on their own. Receiving proper care at a bipolar disorder treatment center like Clearview with experts who have experience in the effective treatment of bipolar disorder helps clients get their symptoms under control, allowing them to have long-lasting and sustainable health and happiness.

As part of our bipolar disorder treatment programs, our mental health professionals develop specialized treatment plans that best address each client’s needs by incorporating the most successful evidence-based therapy methods and healing techniques. Our holistic approach allows clients to strengthen and develop their understanding of their diagnosis. Our mental health professionals also help clients better manage their bipolar disorder symptoms using various types of therapies including individual, family-focused, and group therapy sessions in a calming and therapeutic environment.

Additionally, treating bipolar disorder may require the concurrent management of coexisting mental health disorders or addictions to alleviate symptoms appropriately. For individuals with bipolar disorder complicated by a drug or alcohol addiction, we treat dual diagnosis at our bipolar disorder treatment centers.

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Our Bipolar Disorder Treatment Programs

Our clinical team members are committed to helping each client heal and have lasting recovery from bipolar disorder. We offer the following bipolar disorder treatment programs.

  • Addiction with Co-Occurring Mental Health: Our treatment program for addiction with co-occurring mental health specializes in treating people of all genders who have complex diagnoses of co-occurring addiction and mental illness, including bipolar disorder.
  • Women’s Mental Health: Our Women’s Mental Health program is internationally renowned for its expertise in treating women and people of diverse genders who are diagnosed with BPD, emotional dysregulation, and acute psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder.
  • Outpatient Treatment: Ideal as a step down from residential treatment for bipolar disorder or a step up from traditional outpatient care, we offer partial hospitalization (five days per week) and intensive outpatient (three days per week) programs for all genders.

Bipolar Disorder FAQs

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), there is no single cause of bipolar disorder. Like other types of mental illness, bipolar disorder is a complex diagnosis and can include multiple contributing factors such as a genetic predisposition or a family history, improper biological functioning, and possible environmental factors including stress, trauma, and a biological reaction to stimuli or a detrimental life event.

Unfortunately if left untreated, the answer is yes. The Treatment Advocacy Center reports that suicide is the number one cause of premature death among individuals with bipolar disorder, with 15% to 17% taking their own lives because of the harmful symptoms that result from an untreated illness. The extreme depression and psychosis that can result from a lack of bipolar disorder treatment is usually the culprit in these cases.

Bipolar disorder typically starts in late adolescence or early adulthood, although it can also show up in children and in older adults. People often live an average of 10 years with the disorder without having it properly diagnosed or seeking a program to treat bipolar disorder.

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