Residential Treatment for Mood Disorders

Residential Treatment for Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are difficult to live with and to manage. They cause moods to be distorted, inconsistent, and uncontrollable at times. From severe depression to the frenzied mania of bipolar disorder, these conditions cause distress, dysfunction, and damaged relationships. It is challenging and sometimes impossible to live a satisfying, functional life with a mood disorder. Treatment, however, can be effective. The best care for a mood disorder is intensive and long-term, ideally in a residential setting.

Changes in mood are normal for everyone. Your mood may go up or down, change to anger, or drop into sadness in response to life circumstances or biological factors such as hormonal shifts. But, when severe low moods or major swings in mood persist over longer periods of time, become impossible to manage, and disrupt your life in significant ways, you may have a mood disorder. Depression, bipolar disorder, and complicated grief are difficult to live with, but with the right treatment you can learn to manage them, reduce symptoms, and improve and stabilize your everyday moods.

Mood Disorders Treatment at Helix

Treatment for any type of mood disorder at Helix is focused on the individual. Each resident receives a thorough evaluation before being diagnosed and collaborating on a treatment plan. Every woman who comes to Helix brings unique experiences and her own personal background. These may be marked by trauma, substance use, or other complicating issues, and all are addressed here in treatment.

While the focus of treatment for mood disorders is therapy, and medication when appropriate, there are many more elements of care included here. Treatment is holistic, addressing the whole individual and all of your needs. This means that you may benefit from physical health care, fitness, nutrition planning, alternative and creative therapies, recreation, group support, and other strategies for overall wellness.

Mood Disorders We Treat

The category of mood disorders includes those mental health conditions that significantly impact your mood, how you feel every day, and how you relate to others and the world around you. The specific conditions you can heal from at Helix include:

  • Major depression. Also known as depression or clinical depression, this causes persistent low moods. If you have depression, you may feel consistently sad, hopeless, worthless, and fatigued. You have likely lost interest in normal activities and struggle to find any pleasure in life.
  • Dysthymia. This is a less severe type of depression, also known as persistent depressive disorder. While the symptoms are milder, the low mood may last for years and disrupt your ability to function, have healthy relationships, and enjoy life.
  • Bipolar disorders. Characterized by mood swings between depression and mania, there are a few different types of bipolar disorder. The changes in mood can be extreme and severe, causing significant distress, disruptions to daily life, and even psychotic episodes in some cases.
  • Grief disorders. Grieving after a loss is normal, but when your healing process stalls and your feelings of grief intensify rather than lessen, you may be struggling with something called complicated grief. The symptoms are similar to normal grieving, but they persist and prevent you from moving on with your life.

At Helix, we also focus on trauma. Traumatic experiences do not guarantee that you will develop a mood disorder, but trauma is a significant risk factor. The staff includes experts in trauma-focused therapies. When these difficult experiences underlie a mood disorder it is essential to address them. You must face the past and process and reframe bad memories in order to recover from other mental health issues.

Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience

Treatment at Helix is a transformative experience. Your stay will begin with an introduction at your pace. You will need to be evaluated by your psychiatrist within the first few days, but you can also have time to explore the grounds and get settled into your space. You’ll meet the other residents, a small group of just a few women, and begin to lean on each other for support through the process of healing.

With an evaluation and diagnoses complete, you will work with the staff to develop an individualized treatment plan. The experts will guide your plan, but your input is important. You can also include loved ones and family members and even bring your pet to treatment.

Each day at Helix follows a general schedule of morning reflection, individual therapy, and then time in the afternoon and evening for group therapy, alternative or holistic treatments, and recreation. You will also benefit from delicious and healthy meals each day and the opportunity to explore and relax in the peaceful outdoor setting here up in the hills.

Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Mood Disorders Treatment?

Helix is a treatment center for women only, offering a small group setting for healing and care. Many women, especially those with trauma in their pasts, feel more comfortable in a gender-specific setting. The environment here is one of safety above all, but it is also supportive, intimate, and peaceful.

You’ll have the option to live in a private room during your stay in a beautiful house high in the hills over the city. The outdoor setting offers serenity and opportunities to enjoy the mental health benefits of nature, recreation, and exercise in the fresh air.

The staff is a major reason to choose Helix for mood disorder treatment. The professionals here are world-class experts in their fields, including behavioral therapies, alternative therapies, trauma, and mood disorders. They use evidence-based methods to help residents.

Every aspect of care at Helix is focused on the individual. You will receive a care plan tailored to your needs and preferences. And all residents benefit from a focus on wellness that includes healthy meals, physical fitness, meditation, recreation, and even art and cultural experiences.

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How to Help a Loved One Get Treatment for Mood Disorders

Convincing a loved one with a mood disorder to get treatment can be challenging. Start by having a non-judgmental, calm conversation about your concerns. Discuss the ways in which your loved one is struggling and how their moods impact others around them. Talk about how life could improve with good management of mental health.

It also may help to have information about Helix and other treatment options ready to go, so that your loved one can explore care choices and reflect on what is possible. Please also bring your loved one to visit Helix for a tour. There is no need to commit to care until they are completely comfortable. Sometimes, just seeing the facility can relieve someone’s anxieties about getting treatment.

Lasting Change for a Better Life

The ultimate goal at Helix is to provide residents with the tools they need to leave the facility and enjoy a better future. Treatment for a mood disorder is not a one-time experience or a cure. It is an ongoing process, just like management of chronic physical illnesses.

The focus of treatment with Helix therapists is to explore emotions, reactions, and behaviors, but also to make positive changes. Residents learn how to analyze how they think and react and to recognize unproductive, negative patterns. They then practice strategies for changing these into more positive patterns.

With the healing that occurs in this serene residential setting, you can learn to live with a mood disorder. It may be a chronic illness, but you will develop the skills needed to live better with it, to manage your moods, and to enjoy life more than ever before.

Don’t let the effects of mood disorders control your life. We’re here for you…call us today.