Residential Treatment for Bipolar Disorders
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that can be severe. It causes significant dysfunction in a person’s life and may even require periodic hospitalization. This is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, but it can be managed with good, regular treatment. The best way to begin treatment is with a stay in a residential center that is equipped to work with women in a safe, supportive environment. This kind of care provides lifelong tools to build a better life for the future.
Bipolar disorder triggers difficult shifts in mood from depression to mania and back again. Managing it on your own can be challenging to impossible. What you need is a professional assessment and diagnosis followed by dedicated residential treatment to provide the tools that will help you manage your moods and symptoms in the future.
Women experience bipolar disorder differently from men, and because of that you will benefit from gender-specific treatment. Women develop symptoms earlier, have more co-occurring conditions, have more depressive episodes, and are at a greater risk for rapid cycling moods. Focused treatment for women can help address these special needs.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Helix
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness and mood disorder that causes you to experience unusual swings in mood. You may have a few weeks of depression where you feel fatigued, sad, and uninterested in doing much of anything, followed by a manic episode that energizes you but also makes you feel impulsive and agitated.
There are a few different types of bipolar disorder, but they are all characterized by these mood swings that can cause serious dysfunction. If you struggle with bipolar disorder and aren’t managing it well, you may have a hard time at work or even holding down a job, have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, remaining financially stable, having a satisfying social life, or even enjoying good physical health.
To improve symptoms, reduce episodes, and enjoy a fuller life with greater function, bipolar disorder must be addressed and treated. This is a chronic illness that cannot be cured.
However, you will benefit from treatment. Residential treatment can help you take time out from your life to focus on healing and to practice strategies that will help you manage your condition outside of treatment.
Treating bipolar disorder is an ongoing process, but it begins with a diagnosis and formal treatment. The main components of care are medication and therapy. You can also benefit from adjunctive strategies, such as learning to make healthy lifestyle changes, creating and maintaining a regular schedule to minimize mood changes, and creative therapies to help process emotions.
Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Bipolar Disorder Treatment?
Both men and women can be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but their experiences are different.
This is one of the most important reasons to choose our gender-specific treatment program at Helix. You’ll benefit from the expertise of professionals who understand how bipolar is different for women, and how hormones and life stages impact symptoms and prognosis. Treatments that are most effective are tailored to an individual’s needs, strengths, and goals, and that includes gender.
Helix is a trauma-focused treatment center. Many women have had traumatic experiences throughout their lives, and these can be triggers for mental illnesses like bipolar disorder. Healing from trauma is an essential part of care. If you don’t address it, the unprocessed memories will continue to trouble you and cause mental health issues. To help clients feel safe, our facility is limited to a small group of women only.
Our caring clinical staff offers a wide range of treatment options to meet the needs of each individual. For bipolar, in addition to medical care, a variety of therapy types can be useful and are offered here:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a basic and effective type of therapy that can be tailored to specific conditions and symptoms. The main focus is on becoming more aware of your negative habits and thoughts and taking steps to set goals and make positive changes.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT was developed for managing personality disorders, but it is also useful for treating bipolar disorder. In DBT, you will benefit from collaboration, building relationships, and focusing on your strengths to make changes.
- Relational and Group Therapies. Group therapy with other women will help you find acceptance and benefit from social support. Family therapy is also important for managing bipolar disorder. You will have the chance to get your close family members involved, so you can develop healthier relationships and so they can learn to support you.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT focuses on mindfulness, which is helpful in becoming more aware of your mood changes and symptoms, and things that trigger them.
In addition to these more structured therapies, you can benefit from creative therapies, alternative therapies, wellness practices and lifestyle management, relationship building and activities, exercise, and recreation.
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What to Expect Your First Day
Your first day in treatment represents a big change. It’s a step toward a better future and life back at home. Change is hard, but our staff and residents at Helix will be warm and welcoming. Upon arrival you will go through intake, which includes some paperwork as well as a thorough assessment to determine diagnoses.
The assessment helps our professional staff develop your individualized treatment plan. On day one, you may choose to spend some time with your psychiatrist, giving input about your preferences for treatment and what has worked and not worked for you in the past.
Next, you’ll have a chance to settle in, get a tour of our residence, and explore on your own. Take time to unwind in your room and also meet the other residents. Get to know the other women who will help you on your healing journey, over a meal in the gym or on a walk around our beautiful grounds.
Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience
Our tranquil, small facility designed to give you a healing and peaceful experience. Treatment for bipolar disorder can feel like a battle, but here you will have a chance to make positive changes in a setting that is serene, intimate, and safe.
The daily experience at Helix includes regular, healthy meals with the other residents, quiet and individual reflection, and plenty of time in individual therapy sessions. Evenings are relaxed and provide the opportunity to reflect or meditate, to work out, and to simply socialize and chat together.
On the weekends, life at Helix is more casual. You may engage in some therapy, but you will also be encouraged to try alternatives. Residents also enjoy cultural outings on the weekends and active recreation in the great outdoors.
Lasting Change for a Better Life
Managing bipolar disorder requires ongoing treatment and maintenance. The goal of treatment at Helix is not to cure you of bipolar disorder, but to give you the tools you need to improve your life outside of treatment.
The work you put in here will carry over into your everyday life at home. You cannot be cured of bipolar disorder, but you can build a better, more enjoyable life that is rich in relationships and positive experiences.
Don’t let the effects of bipolar disorder control your life. Let us help…call us today.