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    Everything About Bipolar Disorder

    Suffering from a severe mental health disorder such as Bipolar Disorder can affect every area of life. Whether it is work, school, marriage, or hobbies, Bipolar Disorder is likely to have affected it. Bipolar Disorder is ever-changing and ever-evolving as your life’s stresses, and triggers change. If you feel as if your Bipolar Disorder has gotten out of your control, a residential mental health facility may be right for you. Keep reading to learn more about Bipolar Disorder, residential mental health facilities, and signs of when to get help.

    What is Bipolar Disorder?

    Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks, according to the National Institute on Mental Health.

    There are three types of bipolar disorder, including Bipolar 1, Bipolar 2, and Cyclothymic Disorder. All three types involve clear changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, irritable, or energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very “down,” sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes.

    What is a Residential Mental Health Facility?

    When you picture residential mental health facilities, the stigma of a “looney bin” or padded rooms with straight jackets comes to mind. This is a big reason why it is challenging for many people with mental health disorders to seek help; they fear residential mental health facilities. However, this image of a residential mental health facility couldn’t be further from the truth.

    These days, residential mental health facilities are a welcoming, supportive, community-like space where individuals experiencing a downswing in their mental health condition can come to get back on track. As the name suggests, it is a place where clients move in and stay for a period of time to be given the time, support, and space needed to overcome their mental health symptoms.

    The Beach Cottage at Seasons in Malibu is a stand-alone facility that offers life-changing treatment for individuals suffering from mental health disorders. Licensed by California and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Beach Cottage offers doctorate level, one-on-one therapy in an intimate, luxurious, residential setting, steps away from a private beach.

    Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

    When Bipolar Disorder is left untreated, addiction is likely to occur. Almost 60% of people who have Bipolar Disorder also experience substance use disorder, according to the US National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. This is why it is crucial for individuals experiencing Bipolar Disorder to also treat their addictions simultaneously.

    Addiction can occur from individuals becoming addicted to their prescription medications, from self-medicating their symptoms to feel relief or a combination of both. Dual Diagnosis is the process of treating both the addiction and the Bipolar Disorder simultaneously so that one does not exacerbate the other.

    When to Get Help

    If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the below symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, in addition to the signs of addiction, it is time to visit a residential mental health facility:

    • Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable.
    • Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers.
    • Sleeping very little but feeling extremely energetic.
    • Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up.
    • Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next.
    • Highly distractible, unable to concentrate.
    • Impaired judgment and impulsiveness.
    • Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences.
    • Delusions and hallucinations (in severe cases).
    • Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty.
    • Irritability
    • Inability to experience pleasure
    • Fatigue or loss of energy
    • Physical and mental sluggishness
    • Appetite or weight changes
    • Sleep problems
    • Concentration and memory problems
    • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
    • Thoughts of death or suicide

    About Seasons in Malibu

    If you are suffering from Bipolar Disorder and addiction, we are here for you. Individuals who complete our mental health treatment program are overwhelmingly happy with the results of the care they receive here. More than ninety-five percent of them say they would refer a loved one or family member seeking mental health treatment to us. We believe that clients overwhelmingly recommend us is proof of the quality of treatment and compassion new clients can expect when coming to The Beach Cottage at Seasons in Malibu.

    Seasons offers you up to 54 hours of one-on-one sessions, including cutting-edge modalities, while in treatment with a variety of Doctors, Psychologists, and holistic practitioners. Sessions will include Doctoral Level Primary Therapy, Masters Level Case Management, and Psychiatry. We utilize only the latest in mental health intervention strategies that have proven outcomes. These strategies may include EMDR, Brainspotting, DBT, EFT, Social Skills Training, Somatic Therapies, and CBT.

    Other mental health conditions we can help treat include:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, GAD)
    • Complex Trauma
    • Bipolar Disorders
    • Grief and Loss
    • Career and Family Stressors
    • Co-Dependency
    • Substance Abuse
    • Sex Addiction
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • And More

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