Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder in conjunction with addiction

Disorders like Bipolar Disorder often co-occur with substance abuse; Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and finding healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a condition under which individuals vacillate back and forth between periods of intense mood conditions, either high or low and depression. These intense moods are called “mania” and can reflect deep agitation or extreme happiness and animation. The swings between mania and depression can be rapid or last for months or even years at a time.

Bipolar disorder affects both genders equally and generally begins between the ages of 15 and 25. Though it appears to be genetic, the exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown.

There are a few different types of bipolar disorder. Type 1 bipolar individuals have had at least one manic episode and periods of major depression. Type 2 bipolar patients have never experienced a full blown episode of mania but rather have experienced periods of high energy levels and impulsive behavior that are called hypomania.

A mild form of bipolar disorder is called cyclothymia and involves less severe mood swings. Cyclothymiacs experience moods that alternate between hypomania and mild depression.

Some circumstantial factors such as a major life change like childbirth, medications such as antidepressants or steroids, long periods of insomnia and recreation drug use can cause bipolar disorder.

Symptoms of bipolar disorder

  • The manic phase could include some or all of the following symptoms:
  • Insomnia
  • Poor judgment
  • Distracted
  • Reckless
  • Lack of self-control
  • Temperamental
  • Substance abuse
  • Binge eating
  • Promiscuity
  • Elevated mood
  • Increased energy or hyperactivity
  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessing talking
  • Grandiose self-esteem or ideas
  • Easily agitated

The depressed phase of both types of bipolar disorder includes the following symptoms:

  • Fatigues
  • Lethargy
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Guilt
  • Weight fluctuations and eating disorders
  • Indecisive
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Sadness
  • Low self esteem
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Isolating
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation

Occasionally the phases of depression and mania overlap in what is called a mixed state.

People who suffer bipolar disorder are at a high risk of suicide and substance abuse.

Treatment of Bipolar disorder in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions.