Residential Treatment for Bipolar Disorders.

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:

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic experiencing is an integrative therapy that recognizes how trauma and other issues are expressed both physically and psychologically. It has been proven in studies to be effective for treating PTSD but can also benefit women struggling with a range of painful memories and mental illnesses. By focusing on physical sensations, you will learn how to manage and process trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT will help you become more aware of the negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions that prevent you from healing. A trained therapist will show you strategies for changing problematic thinking so that you can react more positively to difficult situations, painful memories, and other issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is used to manage and process traumatic experiences. It is a way of helping the brain heal and reframe trauma. In EMDR, you will be guided to remember your trauma in a safe setting and with a compassionate therapist. Using eye movements, you will begin to remove the mental blocks that have prevented you from healing from those experiences.


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment: breathing, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the world around you. It can take the form of therapy but also meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and other practices you can use later to calm and center yourself.

Relational Psychotherapy

Healthy, balanced relationships are essential for good mental health. Many women come to treatment with relationship difficulties underlying trauma and mental illness. Relational psychotherapy can be one-on-one or with a loved one. It will help you learn and change your negative patterns in relating to other people, how to communicate effectively, and how to enjoy healthier, mutually beneficial relationships.

In addition to these primary treatment modalities, Helix also offers an extensive list of supplementary treatments. These can be used as needed to provide each resident with a unique, individualized experience for healing and wellness:

  • Family therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • DBT skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Safe and sound protocol
  • Community peer support groups

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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.