Bipolar Disorder is one of the most misdiagnosed and misunderstood conditions in all of psychiatry. Misdiagnosis usually leads to improper care with repeated treatment failure. A correct diagnosis is an essential first step to treatment. Once full stability has been achieved through treatment, ongoing treatment compliance and consistency are necessary to sustain it. A number of psychological factors, including denial and the pursuit of hypomania, pose significant challenges over the course of time.
Continuous therapy work during the outpatient phase targets these tendencies, to prevent derailment of a good clinical response. Sustainable happiness is the desired endpoint. The new skills and healthy habits learned during the higher levels of care are put into full use at this stage. In short, the behaviors that get you well will also keep you well. Involvement in some form of outpatient bipolar treatment program, in addition to continued psychotherapy, adds an additional layer of support. Continuity of care with the same doctor, therapist and other treatment providers is essential to achieving long term recovery.
Continuity of care is the other critical benefit of outpatient-based care. The unavoidable interruption of treatment that occurs at the end of an intensive inpatient stay greatly limits the depth of therapy that can be reached.
Outpatient therapy and treatment is not subjected to the same external time restrictions. The transition from a structured program down to basic individual and group therapy is actually very easy when the path of continuity is made available.
The frequency of appointments and groups are scaled down over time depending on the progress made by the client. The patient greatly benefits from preserving a long-term therapeutic relationship with the same therapist with whom they started their treatment. The same element of continuity exists with the group therapy, again adding the long-term depth to the therapy content.
Studies have demonstrated that the greatest single factor that will predict lasting mental health recovery is the length of engagement with a particular treatment system. The care provided at the Delray Center is designed to be both convenient and affordable in a manner that is sustainable. Long-term recovery is our primary goal.
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