Bipolar Disorder, a condition in which those affected experience long periods of intense highs and lows, can render everyday tasks almost impossible to accomplish. Although not completely understood, the occurrence of Bipolar Disorder may be more common than one would think, affecting nearly 6 million adults in the United States alone.
It’s not entirely known how or why Bipolar Disorder occurs, but the present belief is that it is a biological disorder dealing with chemicals in the brain. The disorder can go undetected for years, eventually triggered by outside factors such as life changes, career changes, moves, relationships, and other stressors.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder typically make their appearance in the late teens to early 20s, although some experience symptoms even in early childhood.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
These highly intense ups and downs experienced by those with Bipolar Disorder are commonly known as “mood episodes”: the ups known as “manic episodes” and the downs known as “depressive episodes.”
A manic episode may result in a period marked by extremely fast speech (skipping from idea to idea or even skipping words completely), restlessness, distraction, sleeplessness, unrealistic confidence, and impulsivity and participation in dangerous activities.
Conversely, a depressive episode may include a total loss of interest in activities, increased sleep, trouble focusing or making decisions, and a long period of hopelessness. These episodes can even lead to obsessive thoughts of death or suicide. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), symptoms may cross over from one episode to another.
Everyone experiences highs and lows at one point or another, so how do you know whether you have Bipolar Disorder or whether you are just experiencing ups and downs? Currently, there are no brain scans or blood tests to determine whether or not someone has Bipolar Disorder. Because of this, it is of the utmost importance that your diagnosis be comprehensive, with results based on interviews (with you as well as your close family and friends) and a physical evaluation to rule out any potential physical cause for mood changes.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Although there is currently no cure for Bipolar Disorder, this psychiatric disorder can be successfully managed through treatment. Treatment for Bipolar Disorder typically consists of a combination of medication and therapy.
It is invaluable to maintain a long-term relationship with the right treatment provider, one who views the need for comprehensive treatment that treats both the mental and physical aspects of the disorder. With this support, you can enjoy a more stable life and more control over your episodes.
There is a high occurrence of substance abuse among those with Bipolar Disorder. Finding a Bipolar Disorder treatment center capable of diagnosing and addressing co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse or an eating disorder, is highly valuable.
The prognosis for maintaining a stable and more satisfying life with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder is good with the proper treatment. However, it’s important to remember that even with the most dedicated treatment and management, mood changes can still occur.
The NIMH-funded Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder study found that nearly half of those who recovered from their Bipolar Disorder still experienced lingering symptoms. With this in mind, it is important to maintain a close relationship with a mental health professional, one with whom you can talk openly about your experiences and your concerns. A holistic approach to treatment, one in which you can employ new skills, can help you recognize and deal with mood swings and triggers.
Why Choose Clearview Women’s Center
We specialize in Bipolar residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient treatment. Our Bipolar Disorder treatment center offers holistic and dedicated treatment, utilizing the power of medication and therapy along with physical activities, such as yoga therapy, that heal the mind and body. Each patient is treated as an individual with specific needs. Our Bipolar treatment clinic offers a safe place to heal and create a game plan for after treatment. Our goal is to not only treat you during your stay with us, but enable you to function successfully in everyday life.
Q: Why me? What causes Bipolar Disorder?
A: It could simply be genes, as Bipolar Disorder often runs in families. Unusual brain structure or function can contribute as well. Scientists are studying the causes in-depth in order to aid in future treatment and management.
Q: How do I know I’m not just ‘moody’?
A: Everyone experiences ups and downs. However, when your ups and downs last for a significant period of time and begin to interfere with your life and your relationships, it’s time to respect yourself enough to look into diagnosis and proper treatment. You, like everyone else, deserve to enjoy a fulfilling life.
Q: Can my Bipolar Disorder be ‘fixed’? Will I ever feel normal?
A: Yes! Although Bipolar Disorder is a long-term illness that can require life-long treatment and maintenance, with the proper attention paid to the mind and body and consistent treatment, you can live a productive and satisfying life. You can become aware of your triggers and manage your ups and downs effectively.
Q: Is this a gender-exclusive Bipolar Disorder residential treatment center?
A: Yes. We only treat women at our residential treatment center. We are one of the only centers in the United States to do so.