Bipolar Disorder

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Individuals with bipolar disorder are often the life of the party, the most charismatic person in the room who naturally command attention. The shadow of the disorder also makes their presence – when untreated – toxic, disruptive and draining.

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which a person alternates between states of mania and depression. Mania is characterized by a state of elevated mood; while in depression, one’s emotions become much more hopeless and actions listless. This condition was previously known as manic-depressive disorder.

Sovereign Health of Arizona provides bipolar disorder treatment for women in a nurturing residential environment that creates a safe space to rehabilitate from mental problems and restore the best in each woman.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

When manic symptoms are present, individuals will appear to be more extroverted and gregarious. They may also be short-tempered and irritable. A person tends to have racing thoughts and jump from one idea to the next, unable to focus. They may take on multiple projects, while not necessarily bringing all of them to completion. The person may sleep only for short periods and make impulsive decisions.

In contrast, the depressive phase is characterized by a loss of interest in activities formerly enjoyed along with feelings of sadness and lethargy. A person may have trouble focusing on matters that are especially important in their lives. They may also appear to be more easily agitated or sensitive, as well as more likely to struggle with suicidal ideation.

Effects of Bipolar Disorder

The variations in mood caused by bipolar disorder may occur throughout a year or even during the course of a single day. The severity of the mood swings depends on the type with the main two types being Bipolar I or Bipolar II

Bipolar I disorder is more severe than Bipolar II disorder, with the key difference being the extremity of manic excitement. Bipolar I is comprised largely of manic symptoms, which appear abnormal and inappropriate to the setting, or out of control.

Bipolar II includes hypomania, which is a marked increase in excitement. This type also includes needing less sleep, talking more, a sustained elevation in mood, be it happy or irritable. The behavior is more “on” than normal.

Bipolar disorder can lead to conflict in a person’s life, such as financial difficulties during a manic phase when money may be spent impulsively. The disorder can also disrupt relationships, work and school. People with the disorder have an increased likelihood of suicide.

Bipolar Disorder Inside the Body

Bipolar disorder partly stems from a chemical imbalance in the brain. Researchers do know there is somewhat of an inherited component and ambient issues also effect the severity of manifestation of the disorder. Mood altering substances like alcohol and drugs can compound bipolar difficulties.

Noradrenaline and serotonin have been linked time and again to psychiatric mood disorders: depression and bipolar disorder.

Getting Help for Bipolar Disorder

To be clear, it’s a deal breaker if bipolar treatment doesn’t include dual diagnosis recovery tracks for concurrent conditions. More often than not, people with bipolar disorder will self-medicate by abusing alcohol or other substances or experience tandem mental disorders.

Bipolar residential treatment centers are best because a full team can provide 24/7 supervision and frequent daily sessions to address the psychological disturbance. Patients with Sovereign Health of Arizona benefit from our full, trauma-informed team.

Treatment for bipolar disorder begins with a biopsychosocial assessment wherein our team gleans a comprehensive history of the prospective patient.

Bipolar disorder requires lifelong treatment, and a maintenance plan manages the disorder on a long-term basis. The plan initiated in inpatient care is customized as the patient develops in wellness and treatment is flexibly tailored each step of the way with our measurement-based care.

Among many therapeutic modalities, Sovereign Health uses cognitive behavioral therapy – wherein a therapist can significantly help a patient by teaching her to identify negative thought patterns and redirecting them to achieve a healthier and more successful outcome.

We also use a range of medications are available to treat bipolar disorder, they are prescribed according to symptoms. But medication alone won’t triumph over inherent mental disorder. Sovereign Health utilizes an arsenal of evidence based talk therapies, various alternative therapies, all handpicked for each individual’s customized therapy.

Why Choose Sovereign Health for Bipolar Treatment?

Sovereign Health of Arizona is licensed for mental health, while treating all underlying co-occurring disorders such as mental disorders and addiction concurrently. Our Chandler facility has a specialty in trauma.

We offer dual diagnosis programs in addition to an exclusive mental health program. Our cognitive individual, group and family therapies are juxtaposed healing alternative therapies including: equine therapy, art and music therapy yoga and exercise.

What sets us apart is our belief in A Better Way to a Better Life through individualized treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline for details on our bipolar disorder treatment.

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