SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO BIPOLAR DISORDER TREATMENT

AMFM works hard to treat those with Bipolar Disorder and aims to assist them in forming new coping skills to manage their mental illness in a healthy, productive manner. This way, when our clients eventually reintegrate into society outside of our facility, they do so with the tools necessary to not only function, but also thrive.

HOW DOES BIPOLAR DISORDER DEVELOP?

Bipolar Disorder is caused by a mixture of nature and nurture, in other words, it is usually a combination of brain chemicals that are the culprit for its development, but sometimes life experiences can also encourage it to emerge. 

The disorder is known to be passed down from generation to generation as well. Those with a family member that have Bipolar Disorder are more likely than others to develop the mental illness themselves. 

TYPES OF BIPOLAR DISORDERS

Bipolar Disorder can be hazardous because of the very mood swings that classify it, ranging from full mania to a deep, dark depression. Treatment is often essential for those that have Bipolar Disorder in order to stabilize them and help them.

MANIA

A manic episode can cause impulsive and reckless acts that can put the bipolar person in harm’s way. People may stay up for nights on end while manic. In the worst cases of manic episodes, this can perpetuate irritability, further drops in mood, and even hallucinations. Mania is also known to cause possible delusions, feelings of grandeur, talking faster than normal, or exaggerated self-esteem.

HYPOMANIA

A less-severe form of mania, hypomania can still include some seriously exhausting problems, like persistent insomnia.

DEPRESSION

On the other end of bipolar’s extreme spectrum is major depression, which often consists of:

  • Decreased Energy
  • Plummeting Self-Esteem
  • Feelings of Guilt and Shame
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal Ideations

Those suffering from depressive episodes also have a high likelihood of turning to substances like alcohol for feelings of relief. For those experiencing the stubborn grip of this mental illness, it’s essential to begin a stabilization process and establish a continued care plan for clients so that they can maintain their mental health.

Bipolar disrupts someone’s state of mind, but also their social life, professional life, responsibilities, and hobbies. It has the potential to rattle someone’s entire perception and can cause a long pattern of rocky relationships, lost jobs, and decreased self-esteem if left untreated. Substance abuse disorders are also known to exist comorbidity with Bipolar Disorder and can wreak serious havoc on someone’s overall quality of life.