Previously known as “Manic Depression”, Bipolar Disorder is characterized by uncontrolled and often unpredictable mood swings of extreme intensity. However, with the exception of the most obvious cases, this condition can be difficult to identify and is quite often misdiagnosed. Here at The Delray Center, we dedicate ourselves to correcting misdiagnoses, properly treating each client’s condition, and helping all clients reach full functional capacity and maintain their long-term stability with the least time away from work or home.
Sometimes, bipolar disorder may be confused with depression. But, this disorder is also characterized by manic stages. And many may not get help during manic stages because they don’t recognize this as an issue to address. Furthermore, because individuals living with bipolar disorders may experience longer periods of depression than manic stages. So, they may not get help until they reach the depressive stages.
It’s not uncommon for individuals with bipolar disorder to get a misdiagnosis for depression. However, this can be dangerous as the treatments for both disorders differ from one another. Specifically, medications used to treat depression patients can actually lead to an adverse reaction in bipolar patients. That’s why it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis.
At Delray Center for Healing, each person who enters our care receives an initial consultation and assessment in order to perform a proper diagnosis. And, to identify specific and individualized treatment programs for each person’s unique needs.
The different types of bipolar disorder are characterized by experiences of manic and depressive stages. And, the recurring patterns of these stages. Each person’s specific symptoms will help to determine a specific diagnosis upon assessment. Some of the types of bipolar disorders include:
Bipolar I Disorder: This is the quintessential form of bipolar as those diagnosed showcase the classic symptoms of bipolar disorder. Patients with this form of bipolar disorder experience periods of manic and may experience depressive episodes as well.
Bipolar II Disorder: People living with this type of bipolar disorder don’t actually experience manic episodes. Rather, they experience stages of depression and also hypomania, which is a lesser type of mania.
Cyclothymia: People with this type of bipolar disorder experience the milder stages of mania (hypomania) just like Bipolar II patients. However, their depressive episodes are also milder than that of bipolar I and II patients. People living with Cyclothymia may be at a higher risk of developing more severe forms of bipolar.
If the signs and symptoms of any of the bipolar disorders listed above, there are things you can do to take steps in feeling better. Fortunately, treatment is successful in helping people gain stable moods and relieve the symptoms of bipolar disorders. But, it takes time and commitment to find the treatment and therapy that works for you.
Separate the Illness from the Person: It can be helpful to realize that you are not the symptoms of the disorder you face. When you understand how bipolar disorder can affect your behavior, you can learn to identify the symptoms of your disorder from your actual character. Then, work to change these behaviors throughout treatment.
Alternate Your Habits: There are certain things you can do to make sure that you stay in a healthy mindset. In turn, helping with mood management in those with bipolar disorders. Some of these lifestyle adjustments you can incorporate include establishing a regular sleep pattern, eating well, staying physically active, and staying away from drug and alcohol use.
Educate Yourself and Others: One thing that can greatly help with managing symptoms of bipolar disorders is to just understand them better. And, even better, when your loved ones and support group understand more about what you’re dealing with, they can even better assist you to identify triggers, spot behaviors changes, and support you through your obstacles.
Seek the Help You Need Through Treatment: Finally, the best thing you can do to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorders is to get professional help through treatment. But, it’s important to choose a treatment team that has your individualized needs in mind. Since bipolar disorder affects people differently, it’s imperative to look for a treatment that provides you all the available methods of treatment and therapy.
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder incorporates the most advanced medical and psychological technologies available
Dr. Rodriguez has extensive training and professional experience specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of Bipolar Disorder. And, he has worked closely with some of the world’s most renowned experts in this particular field
Patients at the Delray Center for Healing will receive a diagnostic assessment. And the proper treatment to start experiencing balance and better quality to life
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.
We have a commitment to helping individuals stabilize their mood fluctuations, learn about every aspect of their mood disorder, and learn tools and strategies to maintain a greater balance in mood. Thus, promoting the greatest opportunity to rebuild their life. Many individuals will participate in multiple programs at our center and benefit from having many advanced treatments offered at our center, such as DBT skills group and EMDR. Our comprehensive program includes the following services and is updated and changes as the needs of the individual change over time.
To learn more about the therapy groups offered as part of the Delray Center for Healing Bipolar Disorder Program, please visit http://grouptherapydelray.com/
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