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Bipolar Treatment Centers
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Bipolar Overview

Mental illness often creates feelings of helplessness in those dealing with these conditions. While any form of mental illness presents considerable struggle, those affected with bipolar disorder often feel their lives are in complete chaos. Bipolar creates swings in mood from feelings of euphoria and happiness to depression and sadness. Those dealing with bipolar disorder may feel like they have lost their mind. Not only does bipolar disorder impact the sufferer, but it also affects their family and other loved ones.

If you or a loved one are struggling with bipolar, you may face an uphill battle that you may never win. You may feel despair and hopelessness, but help is just a phone call away. At Inneractions, we offer bipolar outpatient treatment in Los Angeles that draws from a wide spectrum of evidence-based programs. Call us toll-free today and learn how we can help you regain your well-being.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines bipolar disorder as the following:

Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.”

 

Bipolar disorder is marked by clear changes in a person’s mood, overall energy levels, as well as their activity levels. When someone with bipolar is feeling “up,” they are manic, easily agitated, extremely euphoric, and have high energy levels. During the “low” points, people will feel profound sadness, indifference, and hopelessness. 

The NIMH also states there are three types of bipolar disorder:

  • Bipolar I Disorder— defined by manic episodes that last at least seven days or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person may need hospital care. Depressive episodes also occur, typically lasting at least two weeks. Episodes of depression with mixed features (having depressive symptoms and manic symptoms simultaneously) are also possible.
  • Bipolar II Disorder— defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but not the full-blown manic episodes that are typical of Bipolar I Disorder.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder (also called Cyclothymia)— defined by periods of hypomanic symptoms as well as periods of depressive symptoms lasting for at least two years (one year in children and adolescents). However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for hypomanic and depressive episodes.

 

There is also a fourth type of bipolar disorder called hypomania, where people will cycle through manic and depressive periods, but the effects are less severe. There is also a “catch-all” category called unspecified bipolar disorder, where people display symptoms that don’t fit in the other categories. Bipolar often manifests in young adulthood, and the cycles they experience can last for hours, days, and even weeks.

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When to Get Help for Bipolar

Getting help for bipolar disorder in Los Angeles is contingent on people knowing their symptoms and seeking professional help. Frequently, people who struggle with bipolar are not aware that their behaviors significantly affect other people. This is especially true if they are in one of their happy “up” periods. If people do seek help, they will do so when they are in a depressive state. If people seek professional help during their “down” cycle, they may get incorrectly diagnosed as having depression.

If people are having suicidal thoughts, having thoughts of harming themselves or are a danger to themselves or others, they must seek immediate help. 

The symptoms experienced depend on where someone is in their cycle. If someone is in the manic cycle, they can experience the following symptoms:

  • Feeling unnaturally “up” or elated
  • Gets agitated easily
  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessive appetite
  • Feeling hyperactive

If someone is in their depressive cycle, they can experience the following:

  • Feeling down or anxious
  • Profound sadness
  • Sleeping too much or barely getting any sleep at all
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Lack of interest in doing activities—especially those they love

Additionally, people with bipolar can have co-occurring conditions such as substance misuse/abuse, ADHD, eating disorders, and even hallucinations and delusions in severe case

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What to Expect in Bipolar Disorder Treatment
in Los Angeles

Some people are reluctant to get help because they don’t know what to expect from treatment. This section will explain what treatment is like with an anxiety therapist in Los Angeles. 

First, the therapist will analyze you to come up with a customized treatment they feel will work best. It’s not uncommon for therapists to take a dual diagnosis approach. This treatment approach is commonly used when co-occurring disorders exist. 

Dual diagnosis will treat both conditions simultaneously. It can be helpful for people dealing with anxiety and PTSD, anxiety and depression, or anxiety and substance abuse.

Treatment can include a variety of therapies. Here are some that are commonly integrated:

  • Medication: Medication can help balance chemicals in the body to reduce feelings of anxiety. 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This form of therapy aims to change negative thought patterns and promote more positive behavior. 
  • Group Therapy: Group therapy lets a person know they are not alone. It provides a supportive network that can help with the healing process. 
  • Family Therapy: It’s important to include family in the therapy process. That way, your loved ones will understand what you are going through, and they will be prepared to give you the support you need. 
  • Psychoeducation: Psychoeducation is used to help people understand their condition, so they have the tools for self-management. 

Get Assistance at our Outpatient Bipolar Treatment Program in Los Angeles

As with all mental illnesses, bipolar disorder can severely disrupt your life—and the lives of those you love. If you struggle with bipolar, you may be hesitant to ask for help due to stigma. You may have even tried bipolar disorder treatment in Los Angeles but were unsuccessful in managing your symptoms. You may feel hopeless and feel that overcoming bipolar disorder is out of your reach. Fortunately, Inneractions can help.

Inneractions is a bipolar outpatient treatment in Los Angeles that can help individuals and their families heal from mental illness, substance abuse, and other disorders. We feature an experienced team of mental health professionals and counselors who share more than thirty years of intense experience working with the unique needs and challenges of those struggling with bipolar disorder and other forms of mental illness.

Our evidence-based program offers you the insight and tools you need to address and manage your bipolar disorder. We believe in hope and the healing power of love, and we also believe in the triumph of the human spirit, and that powerful, lasting change can happen even in the most difficult cases. We will work with you and your family to get the tools and support you need to become healthy, happy, and free. Call Inneractions toll-free today and begin your transformation.