Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Characterized by unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels, bipolar disorder is a mental illness that can prevent a person from being able to carry out tasks of daily living. Those with bipolar disorder tend to experience unusually intense emotional states that range from mania to feelings of extreme sadness and hopelessness. At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we recognize how distressing bipolar disorder can be, which is why we are pleased to provide superior treatment for those who wish to acquire the tools needed to manage their moods and provide relief from additional symptoms. Our exceptional programming is geared towards identifying and treating the symptoms of bipolar disorder so that those afflicted by this illness can achieve the happy lives they deserve.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

Dealing with the ups and downs of bipolar disorder can be extremely difficult, not only for the individual with the disorder, but for family members as well. Fortunately, when an individual is provided with proper treatment, medication, and support, he or she can learn how to stabilize his or her mood, therefore avoiding some of the negative consequences that could potentially arise. When you have a loved one who is struggling with bipolar disorder, your support can make a significant difference in his or her recovery. Some of the ways that you can help your loved one include:

  • Learn about bipolar disorder so that you will be better equipped to help your loved one.
  • Encourage your loved one to get the professional help he or she needs as soon as possible.
  • Let your loved one know that you are there for him or her and that you will do whatever you can to help him or her.
  • Be patient and recognize that recovery takes time.

Why Consider Treatment at Harbor Oaks Hospital

It is extremely important that those with bipolar disorder get professional treatment as soon as possible in order to control mood states and prevent the development of more serious consequences. The symptoms associated with bipolar disorder can destroy relationships, result in poor performance at work or school, and can lead to the development of a drug and/or alcohol problem. Additionally, it is not uncommon for someone with bipolar disorder to engage in other risky behaviors that may result in multiple run-ins with the law. Some individuals may develop feelings of isolation and loneliness and, in severe cases, may begin to have thoughts of suicide. Over time, if this disorder continues to go untreated, these symptoms may only get worse and lead to great destruction in most, if not all, areas of a person’s life.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital

Harbor Oaks Hospital, an exemplary provider of mental health and chemical dependency treatment, is pleased to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, adolescents, adults, and older adults realize their capacity to change and overcome the behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and substance abuse concerns that plague them. As an acute care hospital, we employ a number of therapeutic interventions that fulfill our mission to provide holistic treatment that cares for the whole person. The programming featured at Harbor Oaks incorporates didactic behavioral therapy, The Hazelden Curriculum, the 12-step model for care, and motivational interviewing into the techniques woven into the therapeutic experience of treating bipolar disorder. Our caring staff administers this treatment with the utmost compassion and respect for all who are entrusted into our care.

At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we operate under the unified goal of providing each patient with individualized care so that the most favorable treatment outcomes are the result. In order to achieve this goal, we supply the following treatment methods, which have proven effectiveness in improving the lives of those who come to our superior hospital to receive treatment for bipolar disorder:

Medically-monitored detox services: For adults who have developed a physical dependence on drugs and/or alcohol in addition to the presence of bipolar disorder symptoms, medically-monitored detox is often the first line of defense in helping these individuals become sober and begin the process of recovery. Our staff of highly-trained and experienced physicians and nurses supervise patients as they go through the process of withdrawal so as to minimize the risks involved. Within these services, certain medications may be administered to make withdrawal as comfortable as possible so that the therapeutic process can begin once an individual’s body is rid of the harmful substances that led to his or her addiction.

Medication management: Psychotropic medications are the cornerstone of treatment when it comes to life-long management of bipolar disorder. The need and implementation of such medications, however, is determined on a case-by-case basis. Individuals engaged in Harbor Oak’s innovative programming can meet with one of our onsite psychiatrists who can determine if medication is needed, monitor an individual once a medication regimen has begun, and make adjustments to any medication prescribed so as to garner the most favorable outcomes for each patient.

Individual therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks can partake in one-on-one therapy sessions with a mental health professional. Within these sessions, patients can process their emotions regarding their progress in managing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, discuss any concerns that should arise during the course of treatment, and work through inner turmoil within the confines of a confidential, therapeutic relationship.

Group therapy: Therapy administered in a group format is an integral part of the treatment offered for bipolar disorder at Harbor Oaks Hospital. These groups are led by qualified mental health professionals and afford patients the opportunity to find additional support from others who have endured similar struggles. The following topics are covered in the myriad of groups offered at Harbor Oaks:

  • Mental illness education
  • Medication education
  • Substance abuse education
  • DBT-informed skills
  • The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous

Family meetings and education: At Harbor Oaks, we believe that family support and involvement can increase a person’s chances for achieving lasting healing and recovery from bipolar disorder. Because of this belief, we facilitate family meetings between patients and their families to discuss the therapeutic process, discharge planning, and methods for improving relationships within the family unit. We also supply education opportunities for family members so that those closest to our patients can learn more about mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder, and addiction.     

Activity therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks may engage in a variety of activity therapies. These therapies are implemented into a patient’s treatment in order to meet the varying needs of those entrusted into our care. The following activity therapies are those that are featured within our programming:

  • Gym
  • Art therapy
  • Pet therapy with dogs

An individualized treatment plan is created for each and every patient at Harbor Oaks. The previously mentioned therapies may or may not be part of a patient’s care as these plans are tailored to meet the specific and unique needs of those who partake in the exceptional treatment offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital.

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment

In order to ensure that our patients are successful after completing inpatient treatment, the staff at Harbor Oaks Hospital begins discharge planning from the moment an individual embarks on the therapeutic process for the treatment of bipolar disorder. These plans can include safety plans and referrals for services so that any positive strides made while at Harbor Oaks are continued and built upon.

At Harbor Oaks, we conduct an ongoing assessment of each patient’s needs in order to determine the most appropriate course of action once a person completes a level of care. Regardless of the program, we diligently work to ensure that every patient will receive the all-encompassing care needed to continue the healing and recovery process. In order to achieve this mission, Harbor Oaks Hospital supplies a number of less intensive treatment options for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mental health partial hospitalization programs and adult chemical dependency intensive outpatient program are designed to meet the needs of those who do not require or no longer need the stabilization offered in an inpatient treatment setting.

If you or a loved one is in need of specialized care that is geared towards helping people with bipolar disorder learn to manage their symptoms and live happy, healthy lives, let Harbor Oaks Hospital be your preferred provider of superior behavioral healthcare.

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