Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health Treatment in St. Augustine, Florida

People who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder experience extreme shifts in their moods.  This causes them to have constantly changing energy levels, activities, and behavior. The symptoms of bipolar disorder can be very severe and make it difficult for someone with the illness to complete their regular daily tasks. A person with bipolar disorder may find it hard to maintain healthy relationships and perform well at work or school. Fortunately, there have been many advances in the treatment of this disorder in recent years, and people exhibiting symptoms are able to get the assistance they need to improve their lives. Dr. Paul’s By The Sea offers treatment for bipolar disorder and can also help those suffering from substance abuse problems because of their illness. With the many new discoveries and increased understanding of this mental health issue, it is possible for people with bipolar disorder to lead full and productive lives.

Symptoms of Mania and Depression

Bipolar disorder is caused partly by genetic vulnerability and also by a difference in brain structure and functioning that affects learning and emotions. Although it may be impossible to avoid the onset of bipolar disorder symptoms, there are options to treat the issue that has proven to be successful for many people. Symptoms occur in distinct periods called “mood episodes” that differ drastically from a person’s usual behavior. A depressive episode will put them in a state of extreme sadness and hopelessness.  In contrast, a manic episode will lead them to be overly joyful and excited, often resulting in impulsive or risky behavior. If someone with bipolar disorder does not receive any treatment, their mood episodes can eventually become worse and begin to affect them very negatively. When symptoms of the depressive state are very severe, a person may attempt suicide, and manic episodes can sometimes result in psychotic symptoms. Getting help early can prevent any of the dangers associated with more severe cases of bipolar disorder.

Getting Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Treatment for manic-depressive illness can include a combination of medication and therapy that can help to stabilize each individual in the program. For the depressive stage, people can take non-addictive anti-depressants that gradually return the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Medication can help patients improve their mood and create a better state of mind to begin talking about their issues in therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven to be effective in treating many of the symptoms of bipolar disorder by giving patients the chance to discuss their own thinking processes. They could be dealing with many distorted thoughts and unhealthy beliefs that have become ingrained in them as a result of their different mood episodes. Exercises in therapy can help patients think more positively and reject any irrational beliefs that are creating problems in their life. In addition to individual counseling, group therapy can be helpful in allowing patients to receive support from peers and feedback from those who are experiencing many of the same issues. Group interaction can facilitate connections with people, helping to reduce stress and symptoms of depression.

In our recovery center, bipolar disorder patients can learn to change the pattern of their behaviors and become more stable individuals. Workshops and exercises can provide them with tools and strategies to handle their mood swings so that the symptoms do not interfere with their life. Patients can learn to alter their thoughts and reactions so that episodes of depression or mania are not so severe. At Dr. Paul’s By The Sea, bipolar disorder treatment can make it possible to live a more fulfilling and balanced life.