Bipolar Disorder Treatment Center

Offering bipolar treatment programs in South Florida

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Also known as manic-depressive disorder, bipolar disorder is a diagnosis given to a category of mood disorders that influence mood and affect about 6.1 million adults each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Although children and adolescents can show signs of bipolar disorder, it usually emerges in the late teens or the early twenties and can go undiagnosed for many years. Without bipolar disorder treatment, it can be incapacitating; however, bipolar disorder is manageable. The best course of rehabilitation for bipolar disorder is a combination of medication and various therapies at a bipolar disorder clinic like Lifeskills in South Florida. Bipolar disorder is often inherited, but a definitive cause hasn’t yet been proven. Some people have been known to develop bipolar disorder after a head injury; it’s also been linked to thyroid disease. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms are often difficult for others to understand.
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Bipolar Disorder: Mood Shifts

It’s important to note that people with bipolar disorder have no control over the extreme shifts in mood they experience, from severe depression to complete mania, as well as milder symptoms of both extremes. People who are going through a milder manic phase (hypomania) often report an ability to be more creative and have more ideas but are often easily frustrated or irritable. They may be spontaneous and may also be overly productive. However, as the symptoms increase, the ideas can come too quickly, and they can become agitated and enraged. They may also experience little need to sleep and may feel indestructible. A manic phase usually lasts a week or more and co-exist with at least three other symptoms of mania.

 

Following a manic phase, many people with bipolar disorder will lapse into a depression. It can be so disabling and pervasive that they may refuse to get out of bed. Friends, loved ones, and co-workers are often confused by this shift in behavior because it is so dramatically different from their earlier elevated state.

Additionally, bipolar I disorder is what people usually refer to when talking about manic depression. They will experience the extreme highs along with the lows and may suffer from hallucinations and/or delusions, as well. However, people diagnosed with bipolar II disorder suffer more depression and do not experience the extreme highs in their mood. Instead, they experience what is called “hypomania,” which is a milder form of mania without the psychotic features.

Substance Use and Bipolar Disorder

Drug and alcohol abuse are often common in people with bipolar disorder. These individuals abuse drugs to self-medicate or increase euphoric symptoms. It becomes a repetitive cycle because substance misuse can also worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder. When a substance use disorder is present, also known as dual diagnosis, it’s important to treat both diagnoses concurrently in an integrated bipolar disorder clinic like Lifeskills in Deerfield Beach.
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Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The main characteristic of people living with bipolar disorder is suffering under the weight of two intense emotional states, clinically known as mania and depression. Everyone’s symptoms are different, with the severity of mania and depression varying from person to person.

Individuals with bipolar disorder may experience the following manic symptoms:

Depressive phases of bipolar disorder have the direct opposite effect. The signs and symptoms of the depressive phase can include:

Because of the range of severity of symptoms, it’s vital for those suffering to get treatment at a bipolar disorder treatment center like Lifeskills in Deerfield Beach.

The Importance of Bipolar Treatment Programs

Many people with this disorder don’t get the bipolar residential treatment they need, but they can’t get better on their own. Receiving proper rehabilitation for bipolar disorder at Lifeskills with experts who have experience in bipolar disorder treatment helps clients get their symptoms under control, allowing them to have long-lasting and sustainable health and happiness. At our bipolar disorder treatment centers, we offer several treatment programs including bipolar residential treatment as well as outpatient programs with supportive housing.

Lifeskills Bipolar Rehab Centers

At Lifeskills’ bipolar rehab centers, our clinical team develops individualized bipolar disorder treatment plans that best address each client’s needs by incorporating the most successful evidence-based therapy methods and experiential therapies. Our bipolar disorder treatment center takes a holistic approach, which allows clients to strengthen and develop their understanding of their diagnosis. At our bipolar rehab centers, we also help clients better manage their symptoms through bipolar disorder treatment that includes individual, family-focused, and group therapy sessions in a calming and therapeutic environment.
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