Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating bipolar disorder that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since bipolar disorder can affect every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes severe mood swings that include emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). When a person with this disorder feels depressed, they may experience intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness, leading to a loss of pleasure and disinterest. Conversely, when their mood shifts to mania, they may feel euphoric, full of energy, or irritable.
Mood swings can impact a person’s sleep patterns, energy, judgment, activity, behavior, and ability to think clearly. Some people rarely experience these episodes, whereas others may experience them multiple times a year. Although some people may experience emotional symptoms between episodes, some may not experience any.
Bipolar 1 Disorder: A person with this disorder has had at least one manic episode followed by a major depressive episode. Sometimes, mania can trigger a break from reality, also known as psychosis.
Bipolar 2 Disorder: A person with this disorder has had at least one major depressive episode, but they’ve never experienced mania.
Cyclothymic disorder: A person has had at least two years (or one year in children and teenagers) of many periods of depressive symptoms, but they may be less severe than major depression.
Other types: These include bipolar and related disorders induced by drugs, alcohol, or a medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis, Cushing’s disease, or stroke.
It’s important to note that bipolar 2 disorder isn’t a milder version of bipolar 1 disorder, as it requires a separate diagnosis. Even though the manic episodes that come with bipolar 1 disorder can be extreme, individuals with bipolar 2 disorder may experience depression for months or years, causing significant impairment.
People experiencing a manic episode may:
People experiencing a depressive episode may:
Many people with bipolar disorder stay at an inpatient residential treatment center that can provide the following:
During treatment, a patient will also receive dual-diagnosis treatment for co-occurring conditions; this is when bipolar disorder exists alongside other mental health conditions or substance abuse. Co-occurring conditions include:
When a person stays at an inpatient treatment center, experts will help them create a personalized treatment plan that incorporates their needs, interests, and preferences.