“I admit I didn’t want to go to treatment. But after a week at Bridges, I knew it’s exactly where I needed to be. I feel so much better.”

— Bridges to Recovery Alumnus

Bipolar Disorders

Bridges to Recovery offers an innovative range of therapies to treat all types of bipolar disorder, restoring the emotional harmony and healthy functioning of our clients. We provide in-depth assessments, evaluations, and testing to give us a complete picture of your history, triggers, and current presentation, and create an individualized treatment plan to both provide relief from acute symptoms and give you the tools you need for long-term stability. Using a comprehensive array of individual psychotherapy, group therapy, medication management, and holistic therapies, our clinicians work in concert to support personal growth and help you regain psychological well-being. The intensity of treatment afforded by our residential program allows you to experience rapid results and quickly move toward a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Contact us at any time to discuss how we can help you or your loved one living with bipolar disorder. We understand that seeking residential care can be a difficult process, and are happy to answer any questions you may have to help you on the path to healing.

Breaking the Cycle

The mood instability that characterizes bipolar disorder can have devastating effects on your ability to function, both practically and emotionally. It is estimated that about 2.6% of the population is living with some type of bipolar disorder, the symptoms of which can deeply impact your ability to make healthy choices, fracture social and professional relationships, and create overwhelming emotional disruptions.

The sub types of bipolar disorder include:

  • Bipolar I: Experiencing at least one manic episode lasting one week or more, which may or may not be accompanied by depressive episodes. Symptoms of mania include racing thoughts, grandiose self-image, decreased need for sleep, extreme impulsiveness, reckless behavior, increased irritability, and, in some cases, delusional thinking. The severity of these symptoms impairs social, occupational, and educational function and may result in self-destructive behaviors such as overspending, indiscriminate sexual activity, and excessive substance use.
  • Bipolar II: Experiencing at least one hypomanic episode lasting four days or more and one depressive episode lasting at least two weeks that seriously impacts functioning. Hypomania is a milder form of mania in which symptoms like rapid thoughts, increased energy, euphoria, and impulsive behavior are present but generally do not interfere with everyday functioning. Bipolar II tends to be marked more heavily by depressive episodes and people living with the disorder are at heightened risk for suicide.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder: Experiencing at least two years of mood instability characterized by depressive and hypomanic episodes that are present at least half the time and don’t go away for more than two months. Symptoms of cyclothymic disorder tend to be less severe than Bipolar I and II, but the chronic nature and extended symptomatic episodes can create serious functional impairments and profound emotional distress.

The highly trained clinicians at Bridges to Recovery have the expertise to treat bipolar disorder using the most modern therapies available. In our cozy, home-like facilities, you have the time and space to devote yourself fully to the recovery process with the guidance of compassionate professionals and the support of peers who share your experiences. Our intimate setting and 2:1 staff-to-client ratio allows us to give you personalized attention and continuously monitor your symptoms as you progress through your treatment. As a licensed facility, our psychiatrists provide on-site medication management and can observe your response to psychotropic medications over time, giving us the opportunity to tailor your care to meet your needs with precision and titrate medications more quickly than is possible in an outpatient setting. Because bipolar disorder is a chronic condition, we emphasize the development of insights and skills that you can use as part of your long-term mental health strategy, empowering you to take control of your emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being both in the present moment and in the future. We also work with your primary care providers to ensure you have the resources for a successful transition after your time with us. The treatment you receive at Bridges to Recovery not only provides relief from acute suffering, but creates a solid foundation for complete, sustainable stability and wellness.

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