Bipolar Disorder Treatment in Cincinnati
Find Balance with Mental Health and Addiction Treatment
Bipolar disorder is a condition characterized by dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. These shifts are more severe and disruptive than the typical ups and downs most people experience and can profoundly impact a person’s quality of life, sometimes leading them to addiction.
If you or someone you love are seeking support for bipolar disorder, our caring professionals at Cedar Oaks Wellness Center can help. We’re a full-service drug and alcohol treatment center with extensive experience counseling clients with co-occurring mental health conditions.
Learn more about bipolar disorder treatment at Cedar Oaks Wellness Center in Cincinnati. Call (513) 780-5201 or contact us online.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, is a condition that causes dramatic changes in emotional states, judgment, and behavior.
People with bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (called mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). Episodes of mood swings may occur infrequently or multiple times per year, and people with bipolar disorder may or may not experience symptoms between episodes.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, but symptoms can be effectively managed through treatment plans that integrate medication therapies, psychological counseling, and other forms of support.
Bipolar Disorder Symptoms
Bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic mood and behavior changes that range form extremely “up” (manic or hypomanic) to extremely “down” (depressive) periods. Manic and depressive episodes have various symptoms.
Manic or hypomanic episodes include three or more of these symptoms:
- Unusually talkative, elated, upbeat, or jumpy
- Increased energy, activity, or irritation
- Euphoria and exaggerated self-confidence
- Decreased need for sleep
- Distractibility and racing thoughts
- Poor decision-making / risk-taking behaviors
Depressive episodes include five or more of these symptoms to a degree that they cause difficulties with day-to-day activities:
- Intense sadness, despair, and feelings of hopelessness
- Significant decrease or increase in appetite
- Insomnia or fatigue and excessive sleep
- Loss of energy, restlessness, or slowed behavior
- Feelings of guilt, shame, or worthlessness
- Indecisiveness and difficulties thinking or concentrating
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Types of Bipolar Disorder
There are several types of bipolar disorder. And while all involve changes in mood, energy, and activity levels, they differ in duration and severity of symptoms and episodes.
- Bipolar I disorder is defined by manic episodes lasting at least 7 days (for most of the day, nearly every day) or by severe manic symptoms that require hospitalization. Depressive episodes may occur, as may episodes of depression mixed with both depressive and manic symptoms. Rapid cycling occurs when four or more episodes of mania or depression within a year.
- Bipolar II disorder is defined by a pattern of depressive and hypomanic episodes, which are less severe than the manic episodes characteristic of bipolar I.
- Cyclothymic disorder, or cyclothymia, is defined by recurrent depressive and hypomanic symptoms that are not severe enough in intensity or duration to qualify as hypomanic or depressive episodes.
Bipolar disorder,“other specified” and “unspecified” is another diagnosis in the bipolar spectrum. It is typically used for individuals who don’t meet the criteria for bipolar I, II, or cyclothymia, but who experience periods of significant abnormal mood elevation. People with bipolar disorder may also struggle with anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD.
Bipolar Disorder Statistics
- Bipolar disorder is often hereditary: 80-90% of people with bipolar disorder have a relative with the disorder or depression.
- An estimated 4.4% of U.S. adults experience bipolar disorder at some time in their lives.
- The median age of onset is 25 years, though the illness can be diagnosed in childhood and in adults in their 40s or 50s.
- Environmental factors such as drug and alcohol use may trigger episodes in vulnerable individuals.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Bipolar Disorder & Addiction
Bipolar disorder and substance use disorder commonly co-occur. In fact, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that more than half of people with bipolar disorder (56%) have a history of drug abuse, and that 44% have abused or are dependent on alcohol.
Drugs and alcohol can play various roles for those with bipolar disorder. They may be used to self-medicate during depressive episodes when a person feels low or manic episodes when a person is more prone to risk-taking behaviors. Research suggests that drug and alcohol use may also trigger episodes in vulnerable individuals.
When severe bipolar disorder co-occurs with addiction, the potential for negative outcomes increases. A combination of therapies can help people with bipolar disorder find balance and strategies they can use to create more productive and satisfying lives.
How to Treat Bipolar Disorder
At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center, we take an integrated approach to helping clients with bipolar and substance use disorders by offering a range of treatment options. This can include:
- Psychotherapy, such as individual and group therapy, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and more.
- Medication therapy, including mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications, medical detox, and medication-assisted treatment.
- Self-management strategies, such as client education and recognizing early episode symptoms.
- Complementary health approaches, such as equine therapy, nutrition support, supportive housing, and other therapies or resources that offer mental and physical benefits.
As a wellness center that specializes in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders, we have the experience and resources to help clients with bipolar disorder find balance in their lives. Our drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and mental health treatment programs are curated by caring and highly experienced professionals and are always personalized to each client.
Recovery Could Be a Call Away
Cedar Oaks Wellness Center is a trusted resource for addiction, mental health, and bipolar disorder treatment in Cincinnati. With a team of caring and compassionate professionals and a multi-disciplinary, personalized approach, we provide a system of support that allows clients to find the solutions that work best for them.
Learn more about our programs, treatments, and how we can help you by calling (513) 780-5201.