Article provided by: Alter Behavioral Health – Mental Health Treatment Center
How do Psychiatric residential treatment centers and rehab in California treat bipolar disorder?
Alter Behavioral Health is an inpatient psychiatric facility that offers residential treatment programs for bipolar disorder. The programs offer intensive level care for adults and young people with bipolar disorder or manic depression. The day treatment program is a suitable option for patients who have not experienced meaningful progress in the outpatient program.
Excellent Mental health treatment facilities such as Alter Behavioral Health have qualified and trained healthcare professionals with expertise in treating various forms of bipolar disorders, including:
- Bipolar I
- Bipolar II
- Rapid cycling
What does bipolar disorder mean?
Typically, bipolar disorder patients experience low moods and energy accompanied by episodes of mania or hypomania with elevated levels of energy and mood.
The duration of mood episodes ranges between a few hours up to years. Bipolar disorder patients are not always up or down. Some experience euthymia, episodes that are neither depressive nor manic. Some BD patients may experience psychosis. Treatment for BD is usually effective with a proper diagnosis.
What are some of the signs of bipolar disorder?
Although teenagers and children may experience BD signs, most people start showing symptoms in their early 20s. The symptoms may include:
- Manic episodes
- Hypomanic episodes
- Depressive episodes
- Suicidal or self-harm thoughts and behaviors
Manic episodes are the typical symptom of bipolar disorder I. These episodes may last for about a week and often characterized by mood shifts accompanied by:
- Difficulty adjusting to social settings
- Feeling rested after short periods of sleep
- Easily distracted
- Rapid speech and thoughts
- Inflated sense of self or ego, or excessive feelings of grandiosity
- Impulsive and risky behavior
Hypomanic Episodes are less intense than manic episodes and do not have the same level of impulsive behavior. In addition, they usually last for shorter periods. On the other hand, depressive episodes are usually exhibited by low moods or anhedonia, not finding pleasure in anything. Signs of a depressive episode include:
- Low moods
- Decreased interest in seemingly joyful activities
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Lack of energy
- Sense of guilt or worthlessness
- Easily distracted
- Suicidal or self-harm thoughts or behaviors
What kind of medication or supplements do California residential treatment and rehabilitation centers recommend for bipolar disorder?
Patients with bipolar disorder are unique individuals. At Alter Behavioral Health, we offer tailored treatment plans to minimize BD symptoms without causing adverse side effects such as mental fogginess and oversedation. Our inpatient mental health programs aim to minimize the symptoms without compromising patients’ health and wellbeing.
Our doctors and specialists recommend treatment plans that enhance patients’ quality of life and minimize BD symptoms. We use various forms of supplements, including minerals, plant extracts, and vitamins, to promote healing. Our doctors may even reduce the dosage for prescription medicine for patients who respond positively to supplements. Some of the medication we prescribe for treating BD include:
- Atypical antipsychotics
- Mood stabilizers
Receive BD treatment from the best inpatient mental health facilities. Please contact Alter Behavioral Health to receive treatment in an excellent residential mental health facility in California.