Bipolar Disorder Explained

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Treatment are often combined into what is called dual diagnosis treatment.

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings.

Due to the nature of the disorder, many of these mood swings are abrupt or unpredictable.

This disorder can also alter your energy and thought patterns.

Bipolar disorder comes with dramatic highs and lows, referred to as mania and depression, respectively.

Bipolar is one of the most common mood disorders in the United States.

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Causes of Bipolar Disorder

Like many common mental health disorders, there is no singular, clear cause for the mood extremes that come with bipolar disorder.

What we do know, however, is that it often gets worse over time if untreated.

An estimated six million American adults struggle with bipolar disorder.

That is why it comes as no surprise that bipolar disorder and addiction is one of the most common dual diagnosis combinations.

Either one may occur first and worsen the other, so it is important to treat both conditions rather than just one.

We also know that it is common for bipolar disorder to start in the teen years or early adulthood.

Like certain addictions, bipolar disorder usually runs in families.

Additionally, mental health disorders and addictions tend to go together.

There are many reasons that you may develop a dual diagnosis.

Whatever the reason, we will help you identify and overcome them.

Ignoring underlying issues can lead to troubling roadblocks later.

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Types of Bipolar Disorder

The term “bipolar disorder” provides a broad overview of a complicated condition.

Because we often use this term as a blanket description, many people are not aware that the disorder covers a broad spectrum.

There is more than one form of bipolar disorder. The two most common are bipolar I disorder and bipolar II disorder. Each one can come with different forms or degrees of symptoms.

In bipolar II disorder, depressive episodes are common. Many people will still experience highs, but the lows are stronger or more frequent.

Alternatively, in bipolar I disorder, the reverse is true: the extreme high moods (manias) are more common, stronger, or frequent. The lows may still occur.

Many people with some form of bipolar disorder will land somewhere in the middle. This form is cyclothymic bipolar disorder.

In any of its forms, you may experience a range of symptoms depending on several individual factors.

Your co-occurring substance abuse disorder will play a huge part in the side effects and withdrawal symptoms you experience.

Medications Used for Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Treatment

Doctors may choose different prescriptions based on many individual factors. The type of bipolar disorder you have, co-occurring addictions, and potential side effects are a few that they may consider.

Often, mood stabilizers control the manic and depressive episodes that are common in bipolar disorder.

Lithium is one of the most common mood-stabilizing medications. Doctors may also choose an antipsychotic or an antidepressant.

Each one serves a different purpose and comes with the potential for different side effects.

Medication management is a large part of any rehab program. If you take prescription medications, we will help you take them safely and according to your doctor’s instructions.

We can also help with a prescription or illicit drug addiction that is co-occurring with your bipolar disorder.

No two dual diagnoses are the same. We treat each person we meet as an individual with unique needs.

We offer attentive, specialized dual diagnosis care that will address each of your needs.

After you begin your initial program, we will monitor your progress along the way. Tracking your progress will confirm that we are still helping you in the best ways possible.

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Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

If you have never seen a specialist, it can be difficult to tell if you have bipolar disorder or not. It is hard to tell when you also have a substance abuse disorder, as many of the side effects and symptoms overlap.

The best way to overcome your dual diagnosis is to start with a professional evaluation.

We want to make sure that we are helping you with every present issue. We help by giving you the most well-rounded treatment and promoting long term success.

You may experience a variety of symptoms, but some of the most common side effects of bipolar disorder include:

  • Extreme highs and lows or mood swings
  • Depressive episodes
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drastic and rapid changes in energy levels
  • Feelings of being hopeless
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble focusing because of extreme mood changes
  • Disinterest in most daily activities

Do not spend another day wondering. Your mental and physical health are important to us. Let us help you address both your bipolar disorder and your addiction.

We will start with a comprehensive evaluation that tells us if we are on the right track.

At Pathfinders, we will only suggest what is best for you once we get to know exactly what that is. We will develop an individualized care plan that sets you firmly on the path to success.

Related Mental Health Concerns

While more research is needed, there seems to be a clear link from bipolar disorder to other mental health conditions.

Many people who have bipolar disorder also face anxiety or attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) disorders. ADHD morphing into bipolar disorder is something that concerns many people. While early ADHD does not always lead to bipolar, it can put you at risk for developing disorders like this one in adulthood. It does not help that some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder and ADHD are similar such as experiencing manias.

Mood disorders like bipolar are difficult to control. They become even more difficult when addiction is involved. Overcoming the two may require a life-long effort.

Choosing the right treatment setting, methods, and team will help you find the healthiest and longest-lasting outcome.

At Pathfinders, we will give you what you need to improve your addiction and mental health. Achieving this can promote long-term sobriety, and peace of mind can become sustainable.

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Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Treatment

Battling a mood disorder while also battling addiction is complicated.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

Overcoming a mood disorder is not about conjuring the right amount of willpower or self-control. It requires the shedding of damaging old thought patterns and behaviors. When you do this, healthier ones may develop. It also requires building support systems, both here and at home.

Meanwhile, you will learn more about communicating in healthy ways and reaching out when you need to.

You will find a well-rounded recovery right here. We have spent years researching and developing the right program settings, methods, and treatments to help patients with a variety of concerns.

Your dual diagnosis treatment program may include many of the following:

  • Various therapies
  • Holistic remedies
  • Educational tools
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Pathfinders Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Treatment Program

Bipolar disorder and addiction treatment can be a tricky combination.

With complicated issues like these, it is important to choose the best care available to you.

That is what we offer here. Pathfinders’ facilities are patient-focused and have individualized care.

Your recovery, health, and physical and emotional safety are important to us. You will find everything you need right here.

Call today for more information and to confirm your insurance coverage.

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