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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Introduction & Overview of Bipolar

Bipolar disorder, sometimes called manic depression or manic depressive disorder, is characterized by dramatic mood swings, significant shifts in energy, and varying activity levels. The term “bipolar” refers to two extreme “poles” of the illness, namely mania and depression.

Although bipolar disorder is not one of the more common disorders in the United States, it is one that has serious repercussions. Although only 2.8% of adults will struggle with this disorder, about 83% of these individuals have a serious impairment. As such, bipolar disorder has the highest percentage of impairment of all mood disorders. This tells us that bipolar disorder is incredibly severe and needs to be treated accordingly.

Furthermore, individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder are at high risk for developing substance abuse disorder as well. In fact, studies have shown that anywhere from 30% to 50% of individuals with bipolar one or two will develop some substance abuse disorder during their life.

Whenever an individual suffers from a mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, and substance abuse, they have what is called a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis treatment is different from other treatments because it takes into account all conditions. When dealing with bipolar disorder specifically, dual diagnosis treatment is designed to help treat bipolar disorder while also treating substance abuse.

Without seeking the appropriate treatment, overcoming a dual diagnosis that involves bipolar disorder and substance abuse can be difficult. The good news is that there are bipolar treatment centers in Southern California specifically designed for dual diagnosis. With these treatment centers, you can get a grip on your bipolar disorder and kick your dependency to begin living the life you’ve always dreamt of.

When to Get Help for Bipolar

Because bipolar disorder is such a serious condition, you should talk to a medical professional if you suspect you suffer from bipolar I or II. With bipolar disorder, individuals will experience major shifts in mood that alternate between mania and depression. There are different symptoms of bipolar disorder, depending on which pole you are experiencing.

Symptoms of a manic episode include: 

  • Upbeat and full of energy 
  • Very active 
  • Impulsive 
  • Euphoria and optimism 
  • Heightened self-confidence 
  • Irritable 
  • Racing thoughts 
  • Reckless behavior 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Increased sex drive 
  • Drastic reduction in sleep 

Symptoms of a depressive episode include:

  • Feeling sad or hopeless 
  • Fatigued 
  • Lack of energy 
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much 
  • Drastic changes in weight or appearance 
  • Feeling worthless 
  • Inability to concentrate or think 
  • Difficulty performing simple tasks 
  • Lack of interest in activities 
  • Decreased sex drive 
  • Thoughts or attempts at suicide 

Furthermore, there are two different types of mania in bipolar disorder, hypomania and mania. Hypomania normally only lasts 4 days and it is less severe than mania because it doesn’t always impair one’s ability to function. Mania is more severe and can lead to hospitalization. 

If you encounter swings between the above symptoms, it’s best to seek medical advice. The only way that you can determine that you truly have bipolar disorder and get the treatment you need is to speak to a medical professional who can give an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan in place. If your suspicions are confirmed by a medical professional, you can begin learning ways to live with the condition. 

You should seek medical attention if you have some of the symptoms above and are turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as using drugs or alcohol to soothe the symptoms. If you have already been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and are turning to drugs and alcohol, it’s important to seek a dual diagnosis treatment center that can address both conditions accordingly.

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What to Expect in Southern California Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Even though bipolar disorder has serious complications, individuals with this diagnosis can leave a full and happy life if they get proper treatment. Proper treatment is a lifelong process that begins with therapy that targets both bipolar disorder and co-occurring illnesses, such as substance abuse.

Bipolar treatment centers in Southern California are designed to address all needs of the patient. Bipolar treatment first and foremost deals with the bipolar condition. Doctors may perform evaluations to ensure that bipolar disorder truly is the diagnosis the patient is struggling with. From there, individual and group therapy sessions will allow you to dig deeper into the diagnosis, unlearn unhealthy coping mechanisms, and replace the unhealthy mechanisms with healthy ones.

Bipolar treatment centers also provide help for co-occurring illnesses, such as substance abuse. Because substance abuse and bipolar disorder often go hand in hand, bipolar treatment centers in Southern California are fully equipped to deal with both. When treating co-occurring disorders, patients will learn how their disorders interact with one another and learn how to identify triggers.

In addition to medical help concerning co-occurring illnesses, bipolar disorder treatment centers provide a stable environment that allows you to change your habits and life. While staying at these facilities, you will get a healthy diet, a consistent sleep schedule, and healthy routines that can help aid in your recovery.

Most importantly, bipolar treatment centers in Southern California provide you with a support group in order to stay motivated and to feel understood. Many individuals who suffer from dual diagnosis feel that they are misunderstood and without people who truly understand. When receiving help at these treatment centers, you’ll be surrounded by peers who are going through the same situation as you so you have a support group that fully understands.

More so, these treatment centers provide empathetic staff who also know what you are going through. By having staff members who have been in your place before, they can provide you with medical care in a way that you feel understood and supported from all fronts.

Begin Your Journey to Recovery

From the moment you contact us, we will help you find the treatment program that best fits your individual needs – whether that is one of our programs or not. We aim to help every single person in finding their own path to lasting, sustainable recovery from substance abuse.

Get Assistance with Elysium’s Bipolar Treatment in California

Elysium Healthcare provides bipolar treatment centers in Southern California. We provide a number of programs and treatment plans to ensure all patients get the care they need to overcome their addiction while learning how to live with their bipolar disorder.

The heart of our treatment method is individualized care. Our team takes the time to learn about you, your unique needs, and your background that led up to this moment. By fully knowing you as a person, we create specifically tailored treatment plans so you can have the best shot at recovery.

Our bipolar treatment centers offer state-of-the-art medical professionals and facilities to provide top-notch care. For example, our facilities include 24/7 nursing staff and well professionals to ensure you get the help you need, right when you need it.

Our amenities are also considered luxurious and will make you feel at home while receiving the treatment you need. You will be welcomed into comfortable bedrooms, fun living spaces, and nutritious meals to ensure all aspects of your life are comfortable and pleasant.

Elysium Healthcare even offers holistic and alternative therapies that you can take advantage of in addition to our medical treatments. With our alternative therapies, you can enjoy acupuncture, yoga, hiking, and a number of other fun activities that nourish you from the inside out. 

All the while, you’ll be surrounded by a team of professionals and like-minded individuals that can aid you on your journey to recovery. All of our staff members have been right where you are now, ensuring that they can provide empathetic and heartfelt advice for your condition. You will also be surrounded by other individuals in the same position as you currently so you can have a strong support group and friends during this time.

If you or a loved one is suffering from bipolar disorder and co-occurring illnesses, contact Elysium Healthcare today. Our team will be ready to listen to your needs and help you to decide which program is best for you. Get the help you need now by calling Elysium Healthcare today.

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Despite the misconception that addiction only happens among homeless populations, addiction happens to everyone for a wide array of reasons. Even professionals suffer from high rates of addiction. It’s important that professionals receive the adequate care they need in order to overcome their addiction and begin healing.

If you are a professional who is suffering from addiction, contact Elysium Health today. Our experienced but compassionate staff can help you overcome your addiction one step at a time. Give us a call today to learn more about our executive drug rehab facility.

We Work With Most Major Insurance

Elysium Healthcare works with most insurance providers at our facilities. Our admissions team works around-the-clock to ensure that those that need help have the access to get it. Verify your benefits and one of our treatment consultants will get back to you with more information on how you can get started.

Begin Your Fight Against Addiction Today

If you or a loved one has fought for our nation’s freedom and are now suffering from substance abuse, you are not the only one, and you deserve help in return. After sacrificing and putting so much on the line for our nation’s freedoms and citizens, you should seek out substance abuse treatment for veterans. Elysium Health offers comprehensive, dual diagnosis treatment for veterans so you can heal from your traumas and begin your life of sobriety.

Contact Elysium Health today to learn more about our veteran addiction treatment in Los Angeles, CA.