Bipolar disorder is a mental health concern that is characterized by significant changes in mood, behavior, and energy level.
As described by the National Institute of Mental Health, untreated bipolar disorder can cause considerable distress in virtually all areas of a person’s life. Thankfully, when a person receives proper care at an effective bipolar disorder treatment place, they can achieve improved quality of life.
Glenwood Behavioral Health Hospital provides comprehensive treatment for people who have been struggling with bipolar disorder. At our bipolar disorder treatment center, patients receive personalized care provided by a team of experienced professionals in a safe and welcoming environment.
Types of Bipolar Disorder
The term bipolar disorder may refer to several distinct forms of the condition. Three of the most common types of bipolar disorder are:
- Bipolar I disorder: A diagnosis of bipolar I disorder requires a history of at least one manic episode. People who have bipolar I disorder may also have hypomanic or major depressive episodes, but neither of these types of episodes are necessary to be diagnosed with this type of bipolar disorder.
- Bipolar II disorder: To be correctly diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, a person must have at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode.
- Cyclothymic disorder: The criteria for cyclothymic disorder include experiencing depressive symptoms and hypomanic symptoms over extended periods during a span of at least two years. During this time, the symptoms will never be severe enough to qualify as a full major depressive, manic, or hypomanic episode.
To determine which type of bipolar disorder a person has, they must complete a thorough assessment with a qualified professional.
Signs & Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder signs and symptoms can vary depending on several factors, including which type of bipolar disorder a person has developed and what kind of episode they are experiencing.
If a person is in the midst of a manic or hypomanic episode, common bipolar disorder signs and symptoms include:
- Dramatically elevated self-confidence
- Significant increase in energy
- Little or no need for sleep
- Spending large amounts of money or gambling excessively
- Engaging in risky sexual behaviors
- Rapid speech patterns
- Racing thoughts
- Inability to focus on one topic
- Starting extremely large projects or multiple projects
During a depressive episode, a person may experience bipolar disorder symptoms such as:
- Persistent exhaustion or fatigue
- Overwhelming sense of sadness, hopelessness, or despair
- Loss of interest in significant activities
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Drastic unintended weight gain or weight loss
- Altered sleep patterns, including insomnia and hypersomnia
- Frequently thinking about suicide, death, and dying
- Inability to complete tasks or projects
- Difficulty making decisions
Anyone who displays any bipolar disorder signs or symptoms should consult with a qualified professional.
Receiving an accurate diagnosis is a vital step toward getting the most appropriate type of care at a bipolar disorder treatment place.
Effects of Bipolar Disorder
The effects of bipolar disorder can vary considerably depending on a wide range of factors. In general, the following are among the more common bipolar disorder effects:
- Strained relationships with family members, peers, and colleagues
- Difficulty making appropriate progress at work or in school
- Trouble finding and keeping a job
- Physical injuries and illnesses due to reckless actions
- Arrest, incarceration, and other legal problems resulting from reckless actions
- Development or exacerbation of other mental health concerns
- Substance use and addiction
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Bipolar disorder treatment can help people begin to heal from any bipolar disorder effects they have already experienced, and it can minimize their risk for continued negative effects of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar Disorder Statistics
The following bipolar disorder statistics were provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
- Experts estimate that the lifetime prevalence of bipolar disorder in the United States is 1%-4%.
- The past-year prevalence of bipolar disorder in the U.S. is estimated to be 1%-2.6%.
- About 50% of people who develop bipolar disorder have a history of childhood trauma.
- Among people who have bipolar disorder, 30%-50% will also struggle with addiction at some point in their lives.
Therapies Used in Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Glenwood Behavioral Health Hospital develops a personalized plan for each patient who receives care at our bipolar disorder treatment place. Depending on each person’s history, current needs, and both short- and long-term goals, their customized bipolar disorder treatment may include:
- Medication management
- Individual therapy
- Process groups
- Psychoeducation groups
- Family therapy and family support sessions
- Recreation therapy
- Art therapy
Before a patient transitions out of our bipolar disorder treatment center, we provide them with a detailed discharge plan to ensure that they have the support they need to make sustained progress in the months and years to come.
How to Choose a Bipolar Disorder Treatment Center
Choosing the right bipolar disorder treatment center is a matter of finding the provider whose services best meet the full scope of your specific needs.
Factors to consider when trying to choose a bipolar disorder treatment center include:
- Does the center offer thorough assessments and personalized bipolar disorder treatment plans?
- Does the facility offer multiple forms of evidence-based therapies and activities?
- Will your bipolar disorder treatment be provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals?
- Is family therapy or family education included in bipolar disorder treatment?
- Will you receive a discharge plan to promote continued progress?
The representatives of any reputable bipolar disorder treatment center should be happy to answer these and any other questions.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Glenwood Behavioral Health Hospital.