Bipolar Disorder (BD), left undiagnosed, can cause great suffering and disruption in a person’s daily life. Fortunately, when people get help for this condition, they have hope to live a normal, healthy life. At The Delray Center for Healing, we offer a number of treatment approaches for individuals diagnosed with Bipolar Disorders. And, help these individuals establish coping skills and implement treatment strategies into their own lives. This way, they can take what they’ve learned throughout treatment and incorporate this knowledge for the remainder of their lifetimes.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Essentially, bipolar disorders are classified by extreme mood shifts between manic stages and depressive stages. But, these shifts in mood must be severe enough to debilitate daily life. So, people who experience bipolar disorders may have difficulty performing daily tasks due to severe mood shifts of either mania or depression.
Some More Information About Bipolar Disorders
Most people start to experience the symptoms of bipolar disorder at around the age of 25. However, diagnosis can be made before or after that age as well. In the United States of America, almost 3% of adults are diagnosed with bipolar disorders (5 million people). So, it’s not as rare as many may think. But, many people may not know they are experiencing a bipolar disorder and never get help. This is because mood swings can vary in time. While some people may experience shifts in depressive and manic episodes every few days, others may only experience these shifts a few times each year. In most cases, however, depressive episodes don’t last longer than a couple of weeks. And, manic episodes last a few days to a few weeks.
Mood Shifts of Bipolar Disorders
Because mood shifts can help to determine a bipolar diagnosis, it’s helpful to understand more about the symptoms of these mood shifts. This way, you can better determine if you may benefit from treatment for bipolar disorder.
Manic stages of bipolar disorder include symptoms like:
Irrational decision making (spending lots of money, gambling, etc.)
Drug abuse or use
Having unprotected sex
Depressive stages of bipolar disorder include symptoms like:
Feelings of hopelessness
Apathy for past interests/desires
Unhealthy sleep patterns
Suicidal thoughts or actions
Causes of Bipolar Disorders
While there is no one set reason that bipolar disorders form, there are some commonalities in bipolar patients that can point us in the direction of the cause of their development. Some of the causes of bipolar disorder we’re aware of include:
Family History: It’s evident that when a person has family members, especially immediate family, that have bipolar disorder, they’re more likely to receive a diagnosis as well.
Brain Function: Since bipolar disorders have a lot to do with how the brain communicates with itself and the body, brain structure and function can be a leading cause for bipolar disorder.
External Factors: Sometimes, it’s what a person experiences that bring on the development of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorders. External factors that can stimulate the development of bipolar disorders can include trauma, stress, and concurring physical illnesses.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Delray Center for Healing
The Bipolar Treatment Program at our center is a comprehensive approach to treating those individuals experiencing mood fluctuations that have caused suffering and problems in their life.
At The Delray Center For Healing, it is our goal to offer a comprehensive program of treatment to help those suffering from bipolar disorder and other mental health issues.
We are committed to helping individuals stabilize their mood fluctuations, learn about every aspect of their mood disorder, and learn tools and strategies to maintain greater balance in mood, thus promoting the greatest opportunity to rebuild their life.
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Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.