Typically, bipolar disorder develops in a person’s late teens or early adulthood. This condition is characterized by mood swings that run from the most severe depression to states of intense mania. In extreme cases of bipolar disorder, symptoms of mania and depression can exist at the same time.
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 2.6 percent of the U.S. population is affected every year by bipolar disorder. Research into this condition suggests that there is no single cause for the disease, but experts believe the condition is hereditary. The symptoms of bipolar disorder are complex and can vary from person to person. A few common symptoms are:
- Long periods of worry and feelings of emptiness
- Long periods of being overly happy, outgoing, feeling wired or irritable
- Talking very fast and being easily distracted
- An unrealistic belief in one’s own abilities
- Feeling tired and slowed down
Without treatment, bipolar disorder is very difficult to live with. The extreme shifts in mood can damage a person’s private and professional life. Additionally, a very high percentage of people with bipolar disorder suffer from substance abuse issues.
Bipolar treatment begins with a proper diagnosis by a qualified physician. Our experience has shown that not every patient suffering with bipolar disorder responds to the same medication. Only after a comprehensive evaluation, which takes into account a patient’s unique needs and issues, can the proper therapy be given along with the appropriate mood stabilizing medications.
Our outpatient detox program is one of the few places in the country that provides expert bipolar treatment and care as an outpatient service.