Bipolar Disorder Treatment Center
Offering bipolar treatment programs in South Florida
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
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
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.
Depressive phases of bipolar disorder have the direct opposite effect. The signs and symptoms of the depressive phase can include:
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.