Proven treatment for bipolar disorder.

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Proven treatment for bipolar disorder.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes a person to fluctuate between periods of depression and mania. Each mood may last for months at a time, and will impact your ability to function, think clearly, or maintain your energy levels. You may go weeks without symptoms, only to have them return in earnest, turning your world upside-down. Indeed, the ups and downs of bipolar disorder make this multifaceted diagnosis especially difficult to deal with on your own; luckily, expert treatment is available.

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

This condition, once known as manic depression, has been categorized as a mood disorder. According to researchers, the average age that a person begins to notice bipolar disorder is 25, but symptoms can present in adolescence or, rarely, in childhood. An estimated 2.8% of Americans have been diagnosed with this disorder, and of these, more than 80% of cases qualify as severe.

Bipolar disorder is comprised of two opposing sets of symptoms. These signs of bipolar are categorized as either depressive or manic in nature.

Depressive Symptoms

The lows associated with bipolar can be brutal. If you’re in the middle of a depressive episode, you may find that your energy levels and motivation have plummeted; many people in this stage cannot get out of bed. Even the smallest choices may become overwhelming, and you will probably struggle with feelings of guilt, shame, and helplessness. Negative thoughts associated with depression can be life-threatening, as they may inspire suicidal ideation.

Manic Symptoms

Periods of mania separate bipolar disorder from a simple diagnosis of depression. Mania is often associated with a period of high energy and outsized elation. While this may sound fun on paper, it can be a harrowing experience. If you’re in the middle of a manic episode, you’ll find yourself speaking quickly, feeling overconfident, and fielding racing thoughts. However, this can have serious consequences. Mania is associated with impulsive risk-taking. You may engage in reckless behaviors like overspending, drinking to excess, and having unprotected sex. These choices can devastate your life in all areas: relationally, professionally, and financially. You may also experience disturbing hallucinations and delusions during a manic episode.

Cyclothymia: Depression and Hypomania

Not all manic episodes reach these heights. Some people experience hypomania: a milder episode that doesn’t include psychosis. These individuals may manage to function well at work and at home, but they will be plagued by deep depression. Occasionally, a hypomanic episode will occur. These people are said to be cyclothymic. At Serene Behavioral Health, we offer validated, clinically advanced care for those diagnosed with cyclothymia and bipolar disorder.

You can heal from bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

If left untreated, bipolar disorder tends to worsen with time. The recklessness of mania, combined with the self-loathing of depression, can make it difficult to lead a happy life. At Serene Behavioral Health, our clinicians have created a treatment program tailored to those with bipolar disorder and cyclothymia.

First, we conduct a thorough psychological evaluation. This process allows our clinicians to identify other factors that may contribute to manic or depressive episodes, such as co-occurring health conditions or substance abuse. Once we have completed our analysis, we can create a program of care that best meets your needs.

Our approach combines individual and group therapies. One-on-one sessions allow you to get to the bottom of your depression and your mania – what has contributed to this condition, and how has it impacted your life? Serene Behavioral Health’s clinicians utilize evidence-based techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing in this process. We also offer process groups. These meetings allow you to connect with people who are going through the exact same things that you are. You can learn from their experiences, get feedback on your behavior, and build a support network for improved mental health.

Finally, we provide medication management to those in our care. If it is determined that a mood stabilizer or antidepressant will be helpful for alleviating your symptoms, the staff of Serene Behavioral Health will handle its administration. By combining effective medication with state-of-the-art therapies, we have helped countless people to overcome bipolar disorder.

You Deserve to Heal

There’s nothing more frightening that feeling out of control. If you’re worried that your high highs and low lows are signs of bipolar disorder, help is available. Contact Serene Behavioral Health for a confidential, no-obligation assessment. We look forward to speaking with you.