Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder, is a serious mental health disorder that is associated with extreme changes in mood that range from the highs of mania to the lows of depression. At one moment those with bipolar disorder may feel euphoric and full of energy, and may not feel a need to sleep or eat. In the next moment, these same individuals will feel worthless, hopeless, and extremely sad. These mood shifts can occur only a couple times a year or up to several times each day. Sometimes, people can have “mixed states,” which occur when an individual has symptoms of both mania and depression at the same time. There are several types of bipolar disorder with a variable pattern of symptoms including bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymia.
With the right support and treatment plan you can get the symptoms of this disorder under control. At Highland Ridge Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing you with a safe and supportive setting as you learn about your disorder and how to more effectively cope with your symptoms.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one that is struggling with bipolar disorder it can be extremely difficult to watch them suffer. You may be at a loss for what you can do to help. While you know that they need help, you may not know how to approach them about seeking treatment.
This first thing that you need to remember is that you need to take care of yourself and take the time to process your emotions surrounding your loved one’s disorder. If you don’t take care of yourself, you will be no help to your loved one. Seek out a community support group and talk to those whom you trust. Additionally, educate yourself about bipolar disorder. This will help you to better understand what your loved one is going through and you will have the information you need when you do decide to approach them.
When you do decide to talk to your loved one about inpatient treatment, make sure you do it in a nonthreatening manner. Keep calm and listen to your loved one’s concerns and problems without judgment. If needed, contact a therapist at an inpatient center to get advice on how to approach this topic, as they can provide you with some help. If your loved one agrees to enter an inpatient program, take the time to help them pick a program that you will both be comfortable with. Offer them unconditional support because they are likely going to be afraid and vulnerable. Continue to check in with them throughout the treatment process, letting them know that you are still there for them.
Why Consider Treatment at Highland Ridge
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that needs to be effectively treated with medication and psychotherapy. Without the proper treatment, individuals with this disorder will slowly begin to lose the ability to properly function on a daily basis. When they are experiencing an episode of depression they may fell worthless and unwilling to participate in any activities. While in a manic phase, they may recklessly spend a lot of money they don’t have or engage in other risky behaviors. The instability of emotions usually causes difficulty maintaining relationships with family and friends, often leaving an individual in social isolation. Additionally, some individuals may lose their jobs, find themselves facing money problems, and end up in trouble with the law. After a while, the emotions and consequences may become so severe that they decide to end their own life.
While deciding to seek the help of an inpatient program for your bipolar disorder may seem scary, it can be a decision that ultimately saves your life. An inpatient program can get you started on a medication schedule that will help keep your moods under control while psychotherapy helps you to start to process some of your emotions surrounding your disorder. Additionally, group therapy will help you to connect with other individuals who are struggling with similar issues, while letting you practice your newly-learned social skills. Finally, inpatient treatment can provide you with all the tools you need to get your life back on track.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we firmly believe that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which is why we make sure to treat every aspect of an individual instead of just focusing on their symptoms. We strive to be a safe haven of treatment helping adolescents, adults, and seniors who come to us struggling with a mental health or substance abuse disorder. The dedicated staff at Highland Ridge is determined to provide personal and professional care to each patient, making sure they feel respected, cared about, and valued.
Types of Treatment Offered at Highland Ridge
When a client arrives to Highland Ridge, they meet with an intake counselor who will complete a comprehensive assessment on the individual’s current mental health condition. The assessment will be able to determine the severity of the individual’s bipolar disorder, the presence of any medical problems, and co-occurring disorders. The results of the assessment will be compiled to create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients. Our multidisciplinary team works together to provide treatment specifically tailored to each person. We try our best to match patients with the types of treatment modalities and therapist that are most appropriate for their current treatment needs.
Through years of experience it has been determined that the most effective treatment for bipolar disorder is a combination of medication management and therapeutic interventions. Medication is the foundation of treatment for those who are struggling with bipolar disorder. Mood stabilizers may be prescribed by your psychiatrist in order to help minimize the highs and lows experienced with this disorder, as well as to keep other symptoms under control. Medication will be continuously monitored by your treatment team and altered if necessary.
Individual therapy: This form of therapy is held at least one time per week or more frequently as the patient requires. These sessions are specifically designed to give patients time with a therapist solely focused upon their own needs and issues. Individual counseling can range in topics, including anything from problems that developed as a result of bipolar disorder to dealing with the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder.
Group therapy: Group sessions are the main type of therapy we use here at Highland Ridge. Groups are held on a daily basis and cover a wide range of topics from anger management to development of better coping skills. Group is also a good time for individuals to practice newly learned social skills and develop appropriate interactions.
Family therapy: Within 72 hours of admission, a meeting between you, your therapist, and your family will be arranged so that everyone can be integrated into the treatment process. While we like to hold these meetings in person, we can do them via phone if the family is not available. Family sessions will also take the time to address the patient’s bipolar disorder, how it has impacted the family as a whole, and the surrounding emotions.
In addition to traditional therapeutic methods we offer a number of experiential programs to help the patients fully heal. Some of these programs may include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
When your inpatient treatment is coming to an end, you will be set up with a discharge planner who will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan for your next phase of treatment for your bipolar disorder. Referrals will be made with people who will be able to form a lasting relationship that will help you be successful with your continued care. We will set you up with a psychiatrist if needed, and provide you with information about partial hospitalization programs (PHP) or intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in your area. Both of these programs are good for individuals who are ready to start slowly integrating back into their community and no longer need the structured environment of an inpatient program; however they do vary in amount of time spent in therapy. PHP usually involves more hours a day, but still allows for individuals to spend their nights at home. Other patients may be at the point in their recovery where they are ready to return home and so they will be provided with community resources they can turn to for support.
Serving Central and Northern Utah
Our treatment center is in Salt Lake City (Midvale) and serves residents from all over Central and Northern Utah. Call one of our admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Highland Ridge can help you regain a happy, healthy life.