Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that affects millions of people. Depressed and bipolar addicts have a much greater chance of relapse than either diagnosis alone due to the volatility of mood and focus associated with the disorders. Because symptoms can mimic other conditions, bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed. It’s also a co-occurring disorder in people who are struggling with addiction.
What Does It Mean to Have Bipolar Disorder (BPD)?
Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depression) is a condition characterized by sudden and intense changes in mood. The mood swings experienced by a person with bipolar disorder can last for several months.
Bipolar Disorder, Explained
Bipolar disorders include bipolar I and II and cyclothymic disorder. The intensity of changes in mood in those with bipolar disorder often render them unable to manage and enjoy daily life. This frequent unmanageability of life creates enormous stress that many times leads to the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is characterized by high moods and mania and low moods and depression. When experiencing a manic episode, symptoms include:
- Being easily distracted
- Racing thoughts and speech
- Irresponsible and erratic behavior
- Emotional dysregulation including intense anger
Additional symptoms of manic periods include:
- Increased activity
- Decreased sleep
When in a low state, patients symptoms include depressive periods, as well as:
- Low energy
- Sleep disturbance
- Suicidal thoughts
Additional symptoms of depressive episodes include:
- Feelings of guilt
Genetics, environment and brain changes are all risk factors for bipolar disorder. Those with a sibling or parent having bipolar disorder are more at risk of developing it themselves. Another cause is major life changes. Strong links exist between substance abuse and bipolar disorder. Brain changes are associated with mood swings and other symptoms.
Bipolar Disorder (BPD) Treatment in San Diego
Bipolar disorder can become debilitating. Diagnosis with bipolar and substance abuse is referred to as a co-occurring condition, or co-occurring addiction disorder.
The right bipolar disorder treatment is absolutely crucial. Available treatments for bipolar disorder will depend on the bipolar disorder type diagnosed. Treatment for bipolar disorder in San Diego is best with a mental health facility specializing in treating bipolar disorders.
In treatment centers offering bipolar therapy treatment, the correct therapy will properly address symptoms of all phases as well as provide therapies for other behavioral changes like shifts in mood.
Complete Bipolar and Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Divine House offers dual diagnosis treatment for bipolar and addiction disorders. Our programs include inpatient bipolar disorder treatment in San Diego, as well as drug and alcohol addiction treatment for co-existing mental health disorders.
Top Treatment Options
The clinical expertise of our treatment center allows for the best dual diagnosis treatment options, such as inpatient programs, which treat addiction related co-occurring mental illness including bipolar depression, mania symptoms, depressive symptoms and substance abuse disorders.
The dual diagnosis bipolar therapy program at Divine House considers all risk factors and symptoms of bipolar disorder, including depression.
Through the recovery process, Divine House helps those with the condition achieve long-lasting addiction recovery with therapies including medication for bipolar illness, the learning of substance abuse and mental illness management skills, and more for long-term mental illness and substance use recovery.
Our bipolar disorder treatment center also provides mental health programs that are effective in bipolar treatment for veterans experiencing PTSD.
Those being treated for drugs and alcohol or BPD learn to manage symptoms and return to enjoyable everyday life.
If you or someone you love has bipolar disorder, Divine House can help. Reach out to us today.
Treating Bipolar Disorder Beyond Addiction & Dual Diagnosis
Introducing the Divine Life Mental Health Outpatient Program
Although the overwhelming majority of patients suffering from addiction (substance use disorder or SUD) also suffer from some form of mental health issue such as anxiety (dual diagnosis); not all patients suffering from mental health issues also suffer from addiction (primary mental health). This distinction between dual diagnosis and primary mental health is critical in providing the best and most appropriate care for our patients. For some dual diagnosis patients, their battle with anxiety continues to persist well after their active addiction is in remission. Equally, there are many patients who suffer from anxiety with very little to no addiction component. It is for these patients that the Divine Life primary mental health outpatient program in San Diego was created.
The Divine Life mental health outpatient program offers focused and highly effective mental health treatment provided by the same expert team of psychiatric doctors, therapists and mental healthcare professionals offered by Divine House. Conveniently located in the city hills just minutes away from the Divine House inpatient treatment facility, Divine Life’s beautifully remodeled 3-office outpatient facility offers clients the flexible access and amenities they need to successfully treat their mental health conditions.
It is this comprehensive offering of both dual diagnosis substance abuse and primary mental health that sets Divine House and Divine Life above and beyond the majority of treatment options available in Southern California.