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
Rapid cycling bipolar disorder:
Bipolar with mixed features:
Bipolar with seasonal pattern:
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Symptoms of Mania
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
Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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