Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that is characterized by alternating cycles of extremely elevated moods and significantly depressed moods. These moods are far more severe than what can be considered as normal emotional states of everyday life. Individuals with bipolar disorder have mood cycles that affect virtually every aspect of their lives, including their ability to function appropriately. In addition to causing severe changes in mood, bipolar disorder also affects energy levels, sleep patterns, and behavioral states.
At Options Behavioral Health, we understand the many symptoms that bipolar disorder can impact an afflicted individual, as well as his or her friends and family members. Bipolar disorder cannot be cured; however, with proper treatment, medication, and support, individuals can learn to live happy, productive lives.
At Options Behavioral Health, our state-of-the-art treatment center and experienced teams of professionals have helped many people learn to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Options Behavioral Health is an 84-bed, free-standing psychiatric hospital that is devoted to providing a full continuum of care for adolescents, ages 12 to 18, adults, and older adults who are battling the symptoms of any number of mental health concerns, including bipolar disorder. At Options Behavioral Health, individuals can develop the tools they need to successfully achieve a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Options Behavioral Health
At Options Behavioral Health, we offer various levels of programming at our hospital that are tailored to meet our patients’ specific needs. Our center’s 24-hour physician and nursing staff members are dedicated to not only getting to the cause of the presenting behavioral issues, but also to working with each patient and his or her family to educate them on the necessary steps they should take to prevent or cope with future issues.
The staff at Options Behavioral Health is committed to providing stabilization services to our center’s individuals who are in need of acute care to treat symptoms that have become exacerbated to the point that they are unable to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When patients come to Options for the treatment of bipolar disorder, they can rest assured that all measures will be taken to alleviate the distress that they are experiencing so that they can move on to receive continuing care in a less restrictive environment.
In order to ensure that all patients at our hospital are provided with comprehensive care during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health, the following interventions may be implemented into each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Medication management: The use of certain medications at our hospital is cornerstone to successfully treating the symptoms of bipolar disorder. The implementation of any medication, however, will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon each individual’s specific needs. Patients who participate in programming at Options Behavioral Health will meet individually with the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner five days each week for medication management services.
Individualized therapy: Individualized therapy within out center can be very useful for people who are struggling with bipolar disorder as it affords them an opportunity to discuss the ways in which bipolar disorder has affected their lives in an intimate setting. At our hospital, patients are able to discuss possible causes for their depression, process through challenges that may arise while they are in treatment, and celebrate successes that they achieve.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the main types of treatment used in the treatment of bipolar disorder at Options Behavioral Health. Each day at our center, there are a number of different groups held, including one process group, two activity groups, and between two and four psychoeducation groups. The topics that are discussed and the activities that are partaken in during our hospital’s group sessions can vary among the different age-specific programs, but may include the following:
- Problem Formation / Solution
- Coping Skills
- Anger Management
- Discharge Planning
- Identifying Patterns
- Power and Control
- Healthy Relationships
- Trust and Respect
- Goals Groups
- Creating Change
- Current Events
- Brain Games
- Reminiscent Therapy
- Arts and Crafts
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are at our hospital designed to help patients and their family members explore the ways in which the presence of bipolar disorder has affected the family dynamic as a whole. It can also serve as a time to teach family members about bipolar disorder, recovery, and ongoing care, as well as to guide them in learning ways that they can best support their loved ones. Our center’s patients will be afforded the opportunity to have at least one family therapy session during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy opportunities are offered twice each day at our center and are incorporated into the activity therapy groups that patients participate in. The different types of experiential therapies that patients may engage in include:
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Recreation Therapy
Recognizing that ongoing care at a hospital or treatment center is often essential in facilitating lasting healing from the symptoms of bipolar disorder, the staff at Options Behavioral Health works diligently with patients to develop thorough discharge plans and arrange for aftercare supports. The therapists in each program facilitate discharge and aftercare planning by assisting patients in scheduling follow-up outpatient therapy sessions within seven days of their discharge. When necessary, psychiatric appointments are also scheduled at the time of discharge. Therapists work with patients to assess what other types of resources and referrals may be beneficial in their specific situations and will help make those arrangements as well.