(PRWEB) April 30, 2014
When Bridges to Recovery admits a new patient with an untreated Bipolar Disorder, they immediately review every factor before developing a full comprehensive treatment plan. Due to the associated suicide rate of 10 to 15 percent from untreated Bipolar Disorder, patients need to begin treatment immediately. In contrast to major depression, nearly all patients with Bipolar Disorder will require care from a psychiatrist rather than treatment solely from a psychotherapist or primary care provider. Occasionally, people with bipolar disorder respond favorably to medication or therapy on their own, but nearly all require both of these in order to optimize their emotional well-being. Bridges to Recovery Doctors use psychiatric screening instruments to determine if their patients have a Bipolar Disorder and then work with their patients to provide the best possible care and treatment. Many different treatment options have proven successful for this disorder. The following treatment modalities may be used in a variety of combinations to help those with Bipolar Disorder manage this condition:
Prescription Medications: Whether a patient is suffering through a manic period or a cycle of depression, doctors can use medications targeted at the current symptoms. Most patients are given some type of medication to take regularly that helps to even out their moods, termed “mood stabilizers.” During a manic or hypomanic phase, doctors may prescribe mood stabilizing medications to ease the feelings of anger and restlessness that often make life during this period quite uncomfortable. During periods of depression, doctors will prescribe antidepressants, Lithium, or other antipsychotic medications to control symptoms. Even the best doctors need to exercise caution in order to avoid precipitating a switch into a manic mood state. Most patients with Bipolar Disorders are placed on a long-term medication regimen in order to control, and ideally, prevent the recurrence of symptoms.
Counseling: Talk therapy as well as family-based therapies can be especially helpful for individuals with Bipolar Disorder. Working with a psychotherapist provides an opportunity to discuss emotional highs and lows with a trained professional, who can help them explore different strategies to manage their emotions and associated behaviors. Psychotherapy can help patients learn to express their needs and understand the needs of others. It can also help them to recognize early symptoms of an impending mood swing, so that treatment can be modified and/or intensified in order to prevent a decline in functioning. These management techniques can prevent or minimize serious disturbances in the lives of those suffering from Bipolar Disorder.
Many people suffering from a bipolar disorder benefit from intense treatment, particularly in the context of an ongoing mood episode. Some patients in the midst of these episodes will require inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. For patients whose symptoms are severe and difficult to manage, but do not require treatment in a locked inpatient setting, Bridges to Recovery offers a residential treatment setting in which staff have the expertise to manage bipolar symptoms. Doctors and therapists with years of experience treating bipolar disorder work diligently to find answers and treatment solutions that will return those suffering from bipolar disorder to a healthier and more enjoyable mood state.
The small group setting at Bridges to Recovery provides protection and support, as well as careful monitoring for those who are scared and vulnerable. Residents at Bridges are given the time and attention necessary to confront their symptoms and learn to cope with them. Those closest to the patient are encouraged to be a part of this process and play a crucial role in facilitating recovery.
The goal of every Bridges to Recovery medical team is to help each patient reach the point of living confidently in their own homes and workplaces, with a strengthening of their capacity to tolerate life stressors and mood swings. Although bipolar disorder can be a disabling condition, our hope at Bridges to Recovery is to provide clients with the treatment and tools for self-reflection that will enable them to enjoy productive lives and loving relationships.
Bridges to Recovery can be reached at 877-386-3398.