Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health condition that’s associated with episodes of mood swings, ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
When you are going through a low stage you might feel sad, depressed, hopeless, and have little to no interest in activities that are normally fun for you. When your mood changes to mania or hypomania, you might feel excited, full of new found energy, or sometimes irritable. These shifts in mood can affect your energy and activity levels, behavior, judgement, and your sleep.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, because of this treatment revolves around managing your symptoms. Depending on your specific needs, treatment may include the following:
Medication: Generally you will need to start taking medications right away in order to help balance your moods.
Ongoing Treatment: Bipolar disorder involves lifelong treatment with medication, even during stages where you’re feeling better.
Day Programs: Many doctors recommend day treatment programs for their patients, in order to provide support and counseling while you’re working to control your symptoms.
Substance Abuse Treatment: A lot of those suffering from bipolar disorder will attempt to self medicate. If you’re having problems with drugs or alcohol you’ll also want to look into substance abuse treatment as well.
For bipolar sufferers, depressive periods will alternate with manic periods, and unless treatment services are sought that cycle will continue indefinitely.
We offer intensive treatment programs to help individuals struggling with bipolar illness manage symptoms and learn healthy strategies for coping with stress and changes in mood. If episodes of bipolar depression, mania, or psychosis are preventing you from living the life you want, we can help.