Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Living a happy and fulfilling life with bipolar disorder is a definite possibility. AKUA Mind & Body is here to help! We utilize a blended therapy approach to treat the whole person, taking mental and social factors into consideration, rather than treating just the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Our treatment program provides clients with the tools needed to effectively manage the extreme highs and lows of this mental health condition.

Bipolar disorder is commonly referred to as “manic depression”, because individuals experience very high moods (mania) and very low moods (depression). Bipolar disorder is a punctuated disorder rather than a cyclical disorder, and many individuals can act and feel completely normal in between depressive and manic episodes.

Bipolar disorder symptoms

Bipolar disorder symptoms can be broken down into manic symptoms and depressive symptoms.

Manic symptoms include the following:

  • Distractibility
  • Racing thoughts/flight of ideas: rapid speech that changes focus from moment to moment based on association, distractions, or plays on words.
  • Irresponsibility and erratic behavior
  • Grandiosity or overconfidence
  • Increased activity associated with weight loss and sexual libido
  • Decreased sleep
  • Pressured speech

Severe mania can involve psychosis, which is characterized by hallucinations or delusions. Hallucinations can cause an individual to see, hear, or feel things that are not there, and delusions are distorted thoughts that cause individuals to believe that certain things are true when they are not.

Depressive symptoms include the following:

  • Decreased energy
  • Irritability
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Changes in sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking or making decisions
  • Sadness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Psychomotor agitation: feelings of restlessness, tremors and meaningless movements

AKUA Mind & Body treatment approach, how we can help

AKUA Mind and Body utilizes a blend of holistic approaches combined with evidence-based treatment and medication assistance to help individuals who have been affected by bipolar disorder. This treatment approach allows clients to recognize their underlying triggers and then provides guidance to develop healthy coping skills.

AKUA Mind & Body treatment programs

AKUA Mind & Body offers detoxification, residential treatment programs, and outpatient programs. Regardless of where you are in your recovery process, AKUA Mind & Body can help. AKUA Mind and Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for clients struggling with bipolar disorder and other mental health and substance use disorders.

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Bipolar disorder subtypes

There are three main bipolar subtypes:

  • Bipolar disorder type I
  • Bipolar disorder type II
  • Cyclothymic disorder

Bipolar disorder type I (BPI) is characterized by at least one episode of mania, which leads to hospitalization or significant impairment in functioning. Individuals with bipolar I experience at least one manic episode in their lives. Although not required for the formal diagnosis, the vast majority will also experience major depressive episodes. The manic episodes are the defining characteristic of bipolar disorder type I.

In comparison, bipolar disorder type II (BPII) is characterized by severe depression combined with punctuated hypomanic episodes, in other words, the “up” moods never reach full-blown mania, and instead, depression is the major feature. Hypomania is a less severe form of mania that does not result in psychosis or cause impairments in social or occupational functioning.

Cyclothymic disorder is diagnosed in individuals who have both hypomanic and depressive symptoms for at least two years without meeting the full criteria for hypomania, mania, or major depression.

How to deal with bipolar depression

Although episodes of mania or depression can occur anytime, environmental stressors such as lack of sleep or psychosocial stressors such as financial strain, relationship conflicts, work stress or trauma in the home, play a significant role in triggering both mania and depression. Since manic and depressive episodes can be triggered, many mental health experts recommend psychotherapy to help individuals learn healthy coping skills and put them into practice when these stressors arise.

The AKUA Mind & Body solution

AKUA Mind and Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for many different populations struggling with bipolar disorder and other mental health and substance use disorders. AKUA Mind & Body treats co-occurring disorders and works diligently with each client and their family to ensure that treatment is specifically tailored to their needs, and not just their disorder.

Insurance Coverage

AKUA Mind and Body understands the financial burdens that addiction and mental health treatment can have on an individual and their family. As a result, AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, Humana, Allcare Health, Highmark, UPMC Health Plan and are In-Network with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Magellen, HMC Health Works, Tricare, Western Health Advantage, Prime, Multi Plan, Triwest.

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The specialists at AKUA Drug treatment Newport Beach believe in treating the individual as a whole, rather than treating the diagnosis. Each client has unique treatment timeline involving a collaborative effort from every member of the treatment team.

Maybe you are a 26-year-old female who is struggling with body dissatisfaction fueled by depression, which has developed into a cocaine addiction. Maybe you are a 45-year-old male working in corporate America, drinking excessively to cope with your anxiety despite your loving family.

No matter who you are and what your story is, AKUA Mind and Body believes in tailoring their treatment program to fit your needs so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life, free from addictive substances and the pain of underlying disorders.

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