An Overview of Bipolar Disorder

At New Method Wellness, we understand that bipolar disorder and addiction often co-occur as sufferers attempt to treat their symptoms with substance abuse. 46% of individuals with bipolar disorder also suffer with substance abuse (source).

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a condition under which individuals vacillate back and forth between periods of intense mood conditions, either high or low and depression. These intense moods are called “mania” and can reflect deep agitation or extreme happiness and animation. The swings between mania and depression can be rapid or last for months or even years at a time.

Bipolar disorder affects both genders equally and generally begins between the ages of 15 and 25. Though it appears to be genetic, the exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown.

There are a few different types of bipolar disorder.  Type 1 bipolar individuals have had at least one manic episode and periods of major depression. Type 2 bipolar patients have never experienced a full blown episode of mania but rather have experienced periods of high energy levels and impulsive behavior that are called hypomania.

A mild form of bipolar disorder is called cyclothymia and involves less severe mood swings. Cyclothymiacs experience moods that alternate between hypomania and mild depression.

Some circumstantial factors such as a major life change like childbirth, medications such as antidepressants or steroids, long periods of insomnia and recreation drug use can cause bipolar disorder.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The manic phase of bipolar disorder could include some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Promiscuity
  • Elevated mood
  • Increased energy or hyperactivity
  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessing talking
  • Grandiose self-esteem or ideas
  • Easily agitated
  • Insomnia
  • Poor judgment
  • Distracted
  • Reckless
  • Lack of self-control
  • Temperamental
  • Substance abuse
  • Binge eating

The depressed phase of bipolar disorder could include some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Sadness
  • Low self esteem
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Isolating
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation
  • Fatigues
  • Lethargy
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Guilt
  • Weight fluctuations and eating disorders
  • Indecisive

Occasionally the phases of depression and mania overlap in what is called a mixed state. People who suffer bipolar disorder are at a high risk of suicide and substance abuse.

Treatment of bipolar disorder and addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions

Our Treatment Programs

  • We offer detoxification, as needed, for all of our clients at our Rio Home. With round-the-clock management, our detox home is safe and comfortable. 
  • With individualized treatment programs for each of our clients, our primary treatment program is extremely effective. 
  • Our intensive outpatient program is for local residents or clients who would like to continue their treatment program while living at a sober living facility. 
  • With a newly implemented alumni extended aftercare program, our clients are a part of a wonderful sober community.

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