Bipolar Disorder

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

We understand Bipolar and addiction can coexist, though Bipolar disorder (BPD) itself is a mental condition that causes extreme shifts in a person’s mood, energy levels, thinking, and behavior. While we all have our ups and downs, the severe mood swings characterized by bipolar disorder are so significant that they impair a person’s ability to function for days, weeks, or even months.

Types Of Bipolar Disorders

Bipolar I

Bipolar I is seen as the most classic form of manic-depressive disorder, in that a person will experience at least one mixed or manic episode. The manic episodes typically last at least 7 days, and some symptoms can be so severe that the person may need to be hospitalized. Mixed episodes where both hypomanic and depressive symptoms are present is a common feature of bipolar I. Although not in all cases, bipolar I usually involves at least one depressive episode, lasting about 2 weeks.

Bipolar II

Bipolar II is characterized by a pattern of depressive and hypomanic episodes, but full-blown manic episodes are not experienced.

General Bipolarism

On rare occasions, you will find people who fall into this general category and exhibit some bipolar symptoms but do so irregularly or at varying degrees. As a result, the signs are not strong enough to distinguish them from one type of bipolar to another.


Cyclothymia is defined by cyclical mood swings that occur on a fairly regular basis. The symptoms of hypomania and depression in this type of BPD are typically less severe in form but can still have a serious negative impact on a person’s life. Cyclothymia can also progress into full-fledged manic or depressive episodes.

Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Signs of a manic episode:

Feeling unusually optimistic or “high”
Feelings of extreme irritability and increased aggression
Little to no sleep
Sustained high energy levels
Racing thoughts; jumping from one topic to another
Easily distractible
Quick speech or rambling
Increased impulsivity
Impaired judgment
Reckless or aggressive behavior
Delusions or hallucinations (in severe cases)

Signs of a depressive episode:

Intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and irritability
Loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities
Excessive sleeping or insomnia
Fatigue and loss of energy
Increased feelings of guilt and worthlessness
Decreased concentration
Either slowed behavior or restlessness
Suicidal thoughts or plans

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When treating co-occurring disorders, great care must be taken to properly diagnose the patient’s complex condition and the equally demanding recovery. There are numerous therapies based on solid research that has proven to be effective in treating those with mental illness as well as addiction. Our team is capable of treating both issues comprehensively and concurrently. This will often involve a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology, family therapy, and others in order to ensure that each component of the disorder is treated effectively; biological, psychological, and social.

Bipolar Treatment: What To Expect At Peaks Recovery


Comprehensive assessment
Detailed treatment plan
24-hour staffing
Dedicated medical team
Psychiatric support
Medication management
Daily physician visits


Individual Therapy
Small-Group Sessions
Recreational Therapy
Life Skills Development
Peer Support
12 Step meetings & support
Holistic Healing


Culinary Team
Transportation in program
Case management & discharge planning
Beautiful campus style living environment
Family support

Peaks Recovery Centers exclusive approach to inpatient treatment empowers men and women to leave drugs and alcohol behind them. Whether you are looking for alcohol rehab, drug rehab, our rehab program helps individuals learn and invest in new life practices, therefore they can restore and reclaim their lives.
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