Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that affects nearly 6 million Americans every year. Defined as a mood disorder that is characterized by extreme changes in mood, thought, behavior, and energy level, it’s also commonly referred to as “manic depression.” This disorder usually starts in late adolescence and early adulthood beginning as subtle periods of depression and mania that gradually intensifies into the disorder. The illness is found in all ages, races, ethnicities and genders, as well as having been found to have a genetic link among families. Bipolar can affect the relationship between family members, coworkers, friends, significant others, and even neighbors, depending on the severity of the illness. Bipolar treatment centers offer individuals who are suffering from bipolar disorder a chance to stabilize through medication management, therapy, exercise, as well as various holistic and wellness approaches. The illness is described as having periods or “poles” of mania and periods of depression, lasting anywhere from days to weeks or months. The severity of the mood and the intensity of these periods are significantly different than clinical depression, as the disruption that they cause on the sufferer’s life can be sometimes devastating.

The symptoms of mania experienced by those with bipolar include:

  • Grandiose thoughts

  • Racing speech, racing thoughts, and/or rapid ideas

  • Impulsivity, poor judgment, distractedness

  • Reckless behavior

  • Impulsive spending

  • A decreased need for sleep or food with little or no effect on energy levels

  • Irritability and aggressive behavior

  • Heightened mood or exaggerated optimism

  • Hallucinations and delusions

While mania can sometimes last for as long as several months if left untreated, it is usually followed by a period of depression, commonly referred to as a “crash.” Much like drugs and alcohol, the euphoria of mania can be followed with great consequences depending on the severity of the symptoms as well as the behavior exhibited while in a manic episode.

The symptoms of Depression in Bipolar Disorder are:

  • Irritability, worry, anxiety, agitation, and anger

  • Changes in sleep patterns and appetite

  • Loss of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness

  • Pessimism

  • Difficulty concentrating or making a decision

  • Loss of pleasure in former interests

  • Isolation and withdrawal from friends and families

  • Giving up on projects or hobbies

  • Thoughts of death or suicidal ideation

Types of Bipolar Disorder

There are two major types of bipolar disorder, the first being classified as having depressive periods as well as mania. The second, or bipolar II, is classified as having periods of “hypomania,” which is a period of elevated mood that doesn’t reach full mania. In many cases, those who are affected by bipolar will usually admit themselves to an inpatient bipolar treatment center, or an outpatient center. There are several types of rehab for bipolar, and finding the right center can be difficult.

What To Expect In Bipolar Rehab

Rehab centers for Bipolar usually offer medication management, therapy sessions both individually and in a group setting with a licensed therapist, psychiatry appointments, caseworker or social worker meetings on a weekly basis, as well as holistic and wellness options depending on the center that’s chosen. Medication management is an important component of treatment, as the right medication can make a world of a difference in the severity and frequency of changes in mood. Many bipolar treatment centers are anywhere from a month to several, depending on the progress made in treatment. Family members are encouraged to participate in group therapy sessions as well as in other areas, as permitted by their loved one.

bipolar treatmentHow Do I Know If I Have Bipolar Disorder?

Although with the Internet today self-diagnoses are becoming increasingly common, only a physician or psychiatrist should make a diagnosis as to whether or not you’re suffering from this disorder. If you’ve noticed any of the symptoms above or a loved one has noticed the symptoms above, it’s important to talk to your doctor to see if you need qualified mental health treatment. Usually in periods of depression, people suffering from bipolar turn to their therapists or psychiatrists for help.

Is Treatment Right For Me?

If you’ve newly been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or you’ve been struggling to find the right combination or medication that works for you, then treatment is a step in a positive direction. Inpatient bipolar rehabs aren’t hospitalized settings. They’re community living situations, with amenities and tools to ensure comfort as well as success. The idea of treatment is to allow you to live in a setting as close to how you normally would, so that when you’ve completed the program, you’ll be able to adjust back into your regular routine. The misconception about treatment for mental illnesses is that they’re hospital settings made famous in movies and television. Although those places do exist, they’re usually only reserved for extreme cases or for those without the resources to attend an inpatient program.

What Else Should I Know About Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a treatable mental illness, and can easily be managed with medications, therapy, diet, exercise, proper sleep schedules, as well as through meditation and mindfulness. Although being diagnosed may seem scary at first, people with bipolar are often among the most creative types of people. Nearly six million Americans are diagnosed with having bipolar disorder every year. You’re not alone, and there’s no need to suffer if you or a loved one has been diagnosed. Talking to your therapist or doctor about different treatment options is the first step in receiving proper treatment. Talking to your family and loved ones about different options is especially important, as support in your journey can go a long way. Making the decision to get help is just the first step, as this mood disorder is a lifelong illness.

The difference between suffering from a mental illness and living with one is deciding to get treatment. Medication is an extremely important piece to recovery, as well as therapy and emotional support and connection. Bipolar does not discriminate between race, culture, gender, or age.

If you or someone you know has been having thoughts of suicide, or harming themselves or someone else, please dial 9-1-1 immediately, and call your psychiatrist or doctor. Help is available, and is only one step away.

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