Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a group of disorders in which an individual experiences extreme cycles in mood. From the high highs of mania to the low lows of depression, individuals who have bipolar disorder experience emotions far stronger than most people. These extreme shifts in mood can cause intense emotional fluctuations and severely impede a person’s ability to function in day-to-day life.
Bipolar disorder is actually a group of disorders that are marked by periods of mania and periods of depression. Bipolar I disorder is marked by cycles of very elevated moods, along with intense amounts of energy, and cycles of major depression marked by hopelessness and helplessness. Bipolar II disorder is marked by periods of hypomania (a less intense form of mania) along with periods of marked depression. Rapid-cycling bipolar disorder is a form of bipolar disorder in which individuals experience four or more cycles of moods in a twelve month period. Cyclothymic disorder, or cyclothymia, is the mildest form of bipolar disorder that does not meet the criteria for bipolar I or bipolar II disorder.
Bipolar disorder tends to run in families, so individuals who have bipolar disorder often have a first-degree relative – such as a parent or sibling – who also has some form of bipolar disorder. The symptoms of bipolar disorder can be debilitating and often go for many years without proper diagnosis or treatment. Individuals who struggle with bipolar disorder may notice that not one area of their life remains untouched by the symptoms and the effects of bipolar disorder. Without proper treatment, bipolar disorder may worsen over time.
The wonderfully compassionate staff at Cascade Behavioral Health has had many years of experience working with men and women who have bipolar disorder. We’ve helped restore hope to individuals who feel hopeless, stabilize those overwhelmed with their lives, and teach the coping skills necessary for individuals who have bipolar disorder to lead joyful and fulfilled lives.
Why Seniors Should Seek Inpatient Treatment for Bipolar Disorder at Cascade Behavioral Health
Left untreated, bipolar disorder often worsens over time, leaving no part of a person’s life undamaged. Interpersonal and romantic relationships often become strained and crumble under the pressure of the mood swings. Occupational and scholastic performance becomes unhinged as the individual cycles between mania and depression. Many who struggle with untreated bipolar disorder develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medicate the symptoms of their disorder. The consequences from manic episodes can leave individuals who have bipolar disorder financially ruined, coping with medical consequences of reckless behavior, and without a proper support system.
At Cascade Behavioral Health, we pride ourselves on providing a state-of-the art healing center to help you learn to manage your bipolar disorder. We offer the latest medical technologies to assist you in your healing journey but most importantly, we offer you the compassion and warmth of a staff who genuinely cares to see you recover. We offer a homelike, welcoming space and have created programs to educate, comfort, and empower each person who comes to us for help. We aim to treat each person who comes to us for help with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
When you come to us for help with your bipolar disorder, we aim to provide you with the highest possible care given by a staff who understands your struggles. We know that bipolar disorder isn’t simply a constellation of symptoms and so we provide treatment that is based upon the whole person – mind, body, and soul. Our holistic approach to treatment takes place in our comfortable, homelike atmosphere. We see each person who comes to us as a unique individual who is entitled to their own rights, responsibilities, and choices. We know that each person who comes to us for help has unique social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and cultural needs and we incorporate all of these needs into an individualized plan of care that is designed specifically for you. While bipolar disorder treatment is an opportunity for you to grow and learn, we also want to include your loved ones in your care, as we believe it offers them the opportunity for growth as well. When you’ve come to Cascade, you’re home.
Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder at Cascade Behavioral Health
When you come to us, you’ll undergo a complete medical and psychological evaluation so that our team can determine the best possible course of treatment for your bipolar disorder. Our medical examination will allow us to determine if you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and require medically-monitored detoxification services. Our psychiatric evaluation will allow us to gain a better picture of your bipolar disorder and the presence of any co-occurring disorders.
If it has been determined that you require medical detox from substances such as drugs or alcohol, this will be your first step in treatment. We understand the anxiety that comes along with the idea of detoxification and rehab, so we make sure we explain everything that will happen to you before it happens. During detox, we will safely and effectively detoxify you from any substances in your body. When you are medically stable, you will then transfer into our inpatient recovery unit.
Medication is often used in the treatment and management of bipolar disorder, as well as during our detoxification program. Throughout your stay with us, we will constantly evaluate the efficacy of your medications and change dosages as necessary.
Cascade uses individual therapy in order to allow you the one-on-one time necessary to explore some of the challenges in your life. You’ll discuss co-occurring disorders, the ways in which bipolar disorder has affected your life, and how to prevent of relapse.
Group therapy is a major part of our holistic approach to bipolar treatment as it allows you the opportunity to work with people who are experiencing similar struggles so that you can grow and learn. Cascade offers a combination of process-based and psychoeducational groups to best teach you about bipolar disorder, relapse prevention, and triggers that may evoke a cycle. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your struggles and feelings related to your disorder.
No one exists in a vacuum and at Cascade, we firmly believe that you and your family can grow together as you all come together to heal from bipolar disorder. Family sessions will allow you to connect with your loved ones, teach them more about living with bipolar disorder, and how you are approaching your treatment. Your loved ones will also have the opportunity to share the struggles bipolar disorder has caused in their lives.
As Cascade Behavioral Health is a holistic healing center, we steadfastly believe in providing therapies that allow for healing of all parts of you – mind, body, and soul. We offer the following experiential treatments:
- Art therapy
- Musical expression
- Spiritual guidance
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
As the time for your discharge approaches, you will work alongside your treatment plan to create an aftercare plan that meets all of your continuing needs. Many people who come to us prefer to continue their therapy using our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which provides some of the structure found in our inpatient bipolar treatment program while allowing you the ability to reintegrate into your life. IOP often involves lectures, groups, individual therapy sessions, and family sessions in which we teach life skills, relapse prevention, and stress management. If you decide to discharge to home, we will connect you with traditional outpatient therapy options to ensure that there is no lapse in care. When you come to Cascade, your treatment will be all about you – and we will do what it takes to help you become successful in managing your bipolar disorder.
Serving the Greater SeaTac Area
Our location in Tukwila allows for us to serve residents from all over Seattle, including Renton, Burien, and Des Moines. Call us today to begin the process of recovering from a chemical dependency.