How Is Bipolar Disorder Treated?


Bipolar disorder is one of the most difficult mental health disorders to treat. Doctors commonly experience the resistance to treatment from people with bipolar. After they begin feeling better due to therapy, prescription medication, and lifestyle changes, they often become convinced they are fine. Unable to see that it is because of their work that they feel better,they discard all of the components which helps their recovery and slowly regress. Soon, they fall into a deep depressive or manic episode, shocking them back into a treatment process.

Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals have to proceed with extraordinary caution when working with bipolar disorder. The swinging moods and changing perspectives can be difficult to work with. Various therapeutic methods have proven to be successful with bipolar disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, and dialectical behavioral therapy can help create understanding of the shifting moods and regulate emotions. Bipolar disorder can be subtle or extreme. The moods either shift from manic to depressive abruptly or over time. Either way, the lack of control over one’s emotional and mental state can feel debilitating.

In its extreme forms, bipolar disorder can cause compulsive actions like shopping, promiscuous sexual activity, substance abuse, or self-harm. During a manic episode, the bipolar energy spikes way up. During a depressive episode, it swings far back down the other side.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is helpful for bipolar disorder when life becomes unmanageable due to an inability to regulate the disorder. A period of stabilization in a safe, secure, clinical environment can help protect a member while they find balance in the midst of chaos. Stabilization typically includes prescription medications for mood, sleep medications, and regular meals. In between,there are clinical therapy groups. Until the bipolar is stabilized, there will not be much clinical processing done. After someone has reached stable ground again they can start doing clinical work to understand and regulate their emotions.

Other components of residential treatment help teach practical ways to manage bipolar. Regular exercise, healthy and balanced diet, stress reduction techniques, expressive therapy, and spiritual mentorship can be guiding lights.

Aurora Recovery Centre is here to light the pathway to lifelong recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with bipolar disorder and aco-occurring substance abuse problem, call us today for information on our residential treatment programs. 844-515-STOP.

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