About Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, sometimes referred to as manic-depressive disorder, is a condition characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy levels and behaviors that interferes with daily functioning. The “swings” of bipolar disorder tend to be severe and go far beyond the typical “highs and lows” that most people experience throughout life.
The “lows” of bipolar disorder involve a severely depressed mood state often involving profound sadness and despair, hopelessness, lack of motivation and desire, and sometimes thoughts of suicide. The “highs” of bipolar disorder involve a manic mood state: euphoric, overexcited, excessively happy feelings that often accompany a sense of invincibility and endless energy. Either mood state when severe can include psychosis. Both mood states are associated with difficulty managing daily life, including keeping a job, maintaining relationships, and managing self-care (sleeping, eating, hygiene, money management.) Sometimes a person can experience a “mixed” mood, which includes both mania and depression at the same time. This mood state typically involves changes in energy and activity levels as well as sleep and behavior patterns that fluctuate with mood changes.
Bipolar disorder most often develops in a person’s late teens or early adulthood, typically before the age of 25. Some report their first symptoms occurring during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life. The causes of bipolar disorder aren’t fully known although it appears to have a strong genetic heritability and involves chemical imbalances and brain structure and function abnormalities. Bipolar disorder is typically a lifelong condition that requires on-going support to maintain stability.
How Hanbleceya treats Bipolar Disorder
Hanbleceya believes that learning how to effectively assess and consider the effect of one’s actions on another a critical component to the treatment of Bipolar disorder.
Bipolar Disorder tends to be a life-long condition but the illness can be treated and people with this diagnosis can learn to lead full and productive lives. Individuals with Bipolar disorder often expend considerable effort and energy trying to manage the variability in their moods. As such, sometimes individuals have difficulty noticing and understanding the effects of their behaviors on both themselves and others.
Utilizing a therapeutic community approach, program members experience their treatment within the context of a supportive social setting. Outside of individual and family therapy, all treatment is conducted within a therapeutic milieu where program members have near-constant opportunity to develop the skill of understanding the effect of one’s behavior on both themselves and others, making healthy and appropriate behavioral adjustments based on this better understanding, and learning how to more accurately predict and anticipate outcomes and consequences of future behavioral choices so as to make more stable and responsible choices. Being able to both give and receive feedback about one’s choices and behaviors on a daily basis from both fellow program peers and a trained professional staff greatly facilitates the healing and stability-acquisition skills so vitally needed by people with Bipolar disorder.
Our Comprehensive Treatment Program
Regular individual, group and family therapy plus frequent consultations with our program psychiatrist. Read More
A private room in one of our residential houses plus support in learning effective self care skills, household management and medication management. Read More
Support with placement in a job, school or training program in addition to resume building, interview preparation and job coaching. Read More
Regular community activities, holiday functions and support for participating in daily peer- initiated social activities. Read More
Weekly meetings with an Addiction Case Manager, support for maintaining an outside recovery network and regular drug testing. Read More
Regular group and individual sessions with horses facilitated by our equine-assisted psychotherapist. Read More
Regular nutrition groups and individual counseling sessions with our registered dietitian. Read More