Bipolar Disorder Treatment 101: What You Should Know
Bipolar disorder is often associated with wild mood swings and erratic behavior, but the symptoms can range widely. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than four percent of all adults in the US will experience bipolar disorder some time in their lives [i]. Bipolar disorder can affect everyone at a different level of severity, but 83 percent of those affected by this disorder experience severe impairments].
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is often characterized by mood episodes, which can range in length and intensity over a long period of days or weeks [iii]. It’s a brain disorder, where moods can wildly vacillate between a happy and euphoric state to a sad and depressive state. While the mood episodes can adversely affect relationships, work and every other aspect of a person’s life, treatments can be very effective if taken regularly.
How Does Bipolar Disorder Relate to Substance Abuse?
Bipolar disorder runs in families, with the typical age of onset starting around 25 years of age. Many of those affected by bipolar disorder also experience substance abuse issues, as well as problems with anxiety and ADHD. The combined effects of these disruptions mean that a person may experience a dual diagnosis, which makes recovery more complicated. It requires a greater and deeper understanding of your situation so that treatment is as effective as possible.
In other scenarios, the combined use of a combination of benzodiazepine and alcohol may bring or instigate the symptoms of bipolar disorder, along with a range of other symptoms like anxiety, trauma and depression. You could also experience panic attacks or even psychosis. While it’s not always clear what the linkage and dangers really are, it’s important to understand that combinations of substance abuse behavior can lead to more severe and difficult to understand or diagnose side effects with long-term ramifications.
While the issues around mental health can be complex, Summit Detox offers a range of treatment options to help you address your bipolar disorder, whether you’re looking for a step-down from hospitalization or an introduction to medication management. Contact our team of licensed therapists and care professionals to learn more about how we can help you.
What Does Bipolar Disorder Treatment Look Like?
Since the symptoms and severity of the bipolar disorder can range widely for each person, it’s important to understand how the treatment options might also vary. Your treatment needs and care requirements might change from one day to the next, depending on whether you find yourself in manic or depressive states.
Based on the wildly vacillating changes in your moods and behavior, you may have already discovered the amount of wrong and misleading information available on the internet. You can find such wildly conflicting reports, which can be both scary and completely wrong. The good news is that we’re always standing by to answer your questions and make sure you understand exactly what you can expect from treatment.
How Does Summit Detox Address Bipolar Disorder Treatment?
Bipolar disorder treatment is not the only type of service that we offer, but it is part of our mental health treatment program. Some of the most common forms of treatment might include:
- Psychiatric care: Treatment can include group or one-on-one treatment options.
- Medication management monitoring:
- On-site nursing 24/7: Depending on the symptoms and severity of your bipolar disorder, you may need more intensive nursing options.
- Individual/group counseling: This option helps you to see that you’re not alone. Others are experiencing the same thing, and it is possible to cope with the symptoms and side effects of bipolar disorder.
- Case management: We work with you every step of the way, helping you manage the symptoms and achieving a balance with your meds and other treatment protocols.
- EMDR: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy, where a practitioner might direct back-and-forth eye movements.
- Daily activities: Building a schedule and continuity helps you achieve cohesion and regularity that can extend far beyond treatment.
While you will probably experience a range of emotions and symptoms as you learn to cope with your bipolar disorder, it can be managed and treated. The thing you can and should remember the most through the entire process is that you’re not alone. Other individuals can and do experience bipolar and associated or dual diagnosis scenarios every day.
While it’s not new or really that different, you should reach out to an experienced team of licensed and accredited professionals who are knowledgeable in dealing with your situation. It’s not enough to have just read about it in a book, you need hands-on knowledge and insight that will help you overcome the roller coaster of emotions that you may already be experiencing.
To learn more about Summit Detox, just take a look at the range of services and treatment options that we offer for detox and mental health concerns. We support the full range of service needs you might require, all the while guaranteeing that you’ll recover physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Take the first step to reclaim your life. Contact our team of licensed therapists and care professionals to learn more about how we can help you.
[i] National Institute of Mental Health – Bipolar Disorder
[ii] National Institute of Mental Health – Bipolar Disorder
[iii] American Psychiatric Association – What is Bipolar Disorder?