Bipolar Treatment

Bipolar disorder can cause several serious problems in many patients' lives. All too often, patients find themselves dealing with the impact of manic episodes or struggling to dig themselves out of long-term depressive episodes. Having the right treatment for bipolar disorder, on the other hand, can lead to substantial improvement in symptoms and, for many patients with bipolar disorder, a life with a higher overall level of freedom.

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Types of Bipolar Disorder

Doctors usually break bipolar disorder into categories depending on the patient's specific symptoms. The categories of bipolar disorder include:
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Bipolar 1:

Mania-based, with at least one episode of mania lasting more than a week. May or may not include depressive episodes, though many patients with Bipolar 1 may note these symptoms

Bipolar 2:

At least one depressive episode and symptoms of hypomania that last for at least four days


Symptoms of mania and depression lasting for two years or more, but that do not reach the severity needed for a Bipolar 1 or Bipolar 2 diagnosis

Rapid cycling bipolar disorder:

4 or more episodes of depression, mania, or hypomania within a year, including long-lasting episodes

Bipolar with mixed features:

Mixed episodes, including suffering from depression and mania at the same time or suffering from one type of episode quickly followed by another

Bipolar with seasonal pattern:

The symptoms of bipolar disorder line up with the change in seasons
In some cases, patients may also have unspecified bipolar disorder, in which symptoms do not necessarily fit into the other clear categories.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder typically involves extreme mood swings. People with bipolar disorder often experience both very "high highs" and "low lows."

Symptoms of Mania

There are many things that can potentially trigger a manic episode. Manic symptoms may make a patient with bipolar disorder seem unusually upbeat or jumpy. Patients may show increased overall energy levels, extreme talkativeness, or increased distractibility. During manic episodes, patients may, in general, need less sleep. 
They are also more likely to make potentially dangerous decisions or poor choices overall. For example, patients amid a manic episode may go on an extreme shopping spree or engage in risky sexual behavior.

Symptoms of Depression

During depressive episodes, patients with bipolar disorder may struggle with an overall depressed mood and lack of interest in normal activities, including things that usually bring them enjoyment. They often show signs of changed appetite, including significant weight gain or loss or changes in appetite. During depressive episodes, patients often seem to suffer from apathy and low energy levels. 

Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder

As mental health professionals develop a deeper overall understanding of bipolar disorder, more treatment options come available for patients. 
Emergency Treatment
Day Treatment Programs
Inpatient Treatment
Group Therapy
Family Therapy
Substance Abuse Treatment


For many patients with bipolar disorder, medication is a critical part of treating bipolar disorder. Medication can help manage many of the symptoms that often go along with bipolar disorder, making them less severe. Patients who have therapy along with medication may see better overall outcomes.

Emergency Treatment

In some cases, patients with bipolar disorder may require emergency medical treatment. Emergency medical care can help prevent patients from harming themselves or others during a devastating episode. Both extreme mania and extreme depression can cause dangerous behaviors that may require emergency intervention. Unfortunately, patients with bipolar disorder may not recognize the need for emergency intervention, so friends and family members may need to step up to support them and help them recognize those rising symptoms.

Day Treatment Programs

In some cases, patients with bipolar disorder may benefit from day treatment programs. Outpatient treatment may involve therapy alongside a variety of care services. In many cases, patients can go home at the end of the day but may need intensive assistance and support to help them recover from a manic or depressive episode. Outpatient treatment allows for strong bonds with caregivers and other patients while still maintaining a sense of normalcy in the patient's life.

Inpatient Treatment

Residential treatment for bipolar disorder can prove critical to helping some patients make a full recovery. Many patients with bipolar disorder, particularly during a manic or depressive episode, may struggle to make positive decisions concerning many areas of their lives. Inpatient treatment allows them to get away from potential triggers and focus on identifying potential problems and working through solutions. Inpatient treatment also, for many patients, makes it easier to step away from the daily realities of life and focus more heavily on recovery.

Group Therapy

Many patients dealing with symptoms of bipolar disorder find that group therapy is a great way to work through those symptoms and challenges with others going through the same struggles. Group therapy can help provide solutions for known concerns and make many patients with bipolar disorder feel less alone, which can help them down the path to recovery.

Family Therapy

Bipolar disorder impacts not only the person suffering from it but also their family. Many family members struggle heavily with the ongoing impact of bipolar disorder. Family therapy can help provide coping mechanisms for family members and identify many of the potential problems they may address.

In addition, because of the genetic factor of bipolar disorder, family therapy can help identify potential symptoms in other family members, which can make it easier for them, in turn, to seek treatment. Family therapy can also help restore relationships that may have suffered significant damage due to bipolar disorder.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Many patients who suffer from bipolar disorder will also suffer from a substance abuse disorder. In many cases, patients will turn to substances, including alcohol or drugs, to help them cope with their continuing symptoms. Working with a mental health provider can make it easier to address symptoms of addiction, including detox and rehabilitation. Treatment for substance abuse disorders is often a critical part of restoring mental health and wellness for patients with bipolar disorder.

Learn More About
Bipolar Disorder Treatment 
with California Care

At California Care, we provide a variety of treatment options for patients with bipolar disorder in Orange County. We specialize in developing comprehensive treatment plans for all of our patients. 

Our team of qualified mental health professionals offers a variety of both inpatient and outpatient treatment options that can help patients learn to cope with the symptoms of bipolar disorder more effectively. 

Contact us at California Care Recovery today to learn more.

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