Malibu Recovery Center understands of the effects of bipolar disorders. Previously bipolar disorder was known as manic-depressive disorder.
- Bipolar disorder lasts a lifetime
- A supportive living environment is key
- Treatment for bipolar disorder can be implemented and managed
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol is imperative. Illicit drugs and alcohol may be part of what triggers episodes of bipolar disorder
Malibu Recovery Center staff is trained and recognizes that bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that causes episodes of depression (sadness and hopelessness) and episodes of mania (severely elevated mood). This disorder affects how a person feels and acts. Some people who suffer from bipolar disorder experience difficulty living with others and/or transitioning into society.
People with bipolar disorder experience times when their mood is “normal” and balanced or close to that. But they will also experience times when their mood changes and become extreme. These are called bipolar disorder “mood swings.”
People with bipolar disorder exhibit two different extremes: “depression” and “mania.”
- During an episode of depression, people feel sad, invisible, or empty and lose interest in doing things that they used to enjoy. It is common to be slower in thinking and movements. A person may have less energy and need more sleep. The can literally feel like a “bag of cement.” They also may have difficulty falling or staying asleep
- During a manic episode, people feel unusually great! They can be overly talkative, have lots of energy, and need little sleep
- An episode of depression or mania can last for days, weeks, months, or years. An untreated person with bipolar disorder may experience increasing episodes of depression and mania during his or her lifetime.
While there is no cure for bipolar disorder it is a treatable and manageable illness. After an accurate diagnosis, most people can achieve an optimal level of wellness. It is important to surround a person with a supportive living environment. Malibu Recovery Center staff understands that in order to control symptoms, clients with bipolar disorder often need to take medicine(s). Malibu Recovery Center staff work closely with referring rehabs, doctors and other ancillary staff to be sure that clients with bipolar disorder can maintain a healthy, happy, and abundant lifestyle.