Reclaiming your Life with a Bipolar Treatment Centre
01 Aug 2023
Living with bipolar disorder is not easy. You may feel elated one week, and the next feel crushingly low. It can be difficult to hold down jobs, keep relationships and function effectively within society. You can get treatment outside of a bipolar treatment centre, but progress is often slow and disrupted by the stresses of the world.
Coming to an outpatient center to treat your bipolar condition is not a decision to be taken lightly, but if you have tried addressing it in other ways and are still suffering, a treatment center is likely to be the best approach to bring you back to wellness.
In this blog from Samarpan Health, we let you know how you can come back to life by getting care at a bipolar treatment centre. If you would like more information on this or would like to come for treatment, contact us today.
Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Treatment Centres
Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects the brain and causes changes in a person’s moods and ability to function in the world. People with bipolar experience intense emotional states that happen for as short as a few days to as long as a few weeks. These episodes are either manic/hypomanic (abnormally happy or irritated), or depressive (sad mood). In between episodes, bipolar sufferers may experience a neutral mood.
Everyone has mood fluctuations from time to time, but those experienced by people with bipolar disorder experience these mood changes far more potently than most other people. Individuals with bipolar sometimes report that they feel as though they are on a rollercoaster of highs and lows.
While experts used to believe that bipolar was caused solely by a chemical imbalance in the brain, it is now believed that there are numerous factors that contribute towards this condition. These include childhood trauma, stress, grief, physical illness, and substance abuse.
Benefits of Seeking Help from a Bipolar Treatment Center
Some people with bipolar are able to recover without the help of a bipolar treatment center. Rarely, sufferers may be able to get back to mental wellness just with the aid of medication. More commonly, finding wellness involves a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle change.
When people recover from bipolar in these ways, it often takes many months or even years before it is possible to reclaim their lives. There are a few different reasons why it takes so long. The first reason is that it can be extremely difficult to recover from any kind of depression in the environment that made you sick.
The demands of modern society, being around people you have trauma with, and toxic work environments can dramatically slow down the healing process. You may experience some progress with your therapist on the roots of your depression, but leave their practice and have to plunge back into the “real world”, where you may not have the time needed to process what needs to be processed.
Being in an environment where you are around someone who has abused you, either mentally or physically, can also act as a massive impediment to bipolar recovery. It can be incredibly challenging to recover from any mental health problems while dealing with a person you have this kind of history with on a daily basis.
Unhealthy workplaces can also keep you unwell. Being put under high pressure, having to do things that go against your morals, and being around toxic people are all bound to cause you mental distress that may contribute to you staying stuck in a cycle of manic and depressive episodes.
These impediments to wellness are taken away when you attend a bipolar treatment centre. You can spend your days away from any of the distractions that stop you from dealing with your condition head-on. This means your recovery can happen far quicker than you otherwise would.
Of course, there are certain realities of life that you may have to deal with, and if this is the case, attending an outpatient bipolar treatment center where you can learn how to handle these stresses while getting to grips with your bipolar condition is likely to be the best option for you.
How to Find the Right Bipolar Treatment Centre
There are a few key factors that you should consider when looking for a bipolar treatment centre. Knowing these is vital to find a center that is right for you.
While you want the best treatment possible, you do need to consider your finances. Attending a bipolar treatment centre can be an expensive process. You should not impoverish yourself by attending a center, but you should also think about the potential benefits of treatment when weighing up how much you want to spend.
These range from incredibly basic to absolute luxury. At the lowest end of the scale, a treatment center is likely to be one or two spartan rooms, in fairly drab surroundings. Luxury facilities, on the other hand, can be incredibly comfortable and comforting environments, which create a situation that is conducive to healing.
Perhaps the most important element of a bipolar treatment center. The staff are those who will look after you and will give you the mental health support needed to deal with your depression. If you can, find a center that has staff with at least several years of experience in the mental health field, and all of the relevant qualifications. You should also look for a center whose staff are kind and compassionate - two essential qualities needed for people who work in the mental health field.
It is worth considering centers that offer the services of a peer recovery specialist. These are people who have been through severe mental illness, and have stabilized and made it through the other side. At Samarpan Health, you have the option to have someone like this who can support you during your staff. Our experience tells us that this additional support can be very effective at promoting positive treatment outcomes.
Aftercare Services at Bipolar Treatment Centres
You might be concerned that after your stay at a bipolar treatment centre, you will be left to face the outside world again all by yourself. At the best centers, this is not the case. When you have completed your stay at bipolar treatment centres like Samarpan Health, you will certainly not be left in the lurch.
We offer all Samarpan Health alumni the opportunity to continue receiving treatment after they leave our facility. This could involve coming back to our center for one on one sessions with the therapist that you worked with. Alternatively, you can have sessions online, so there is no need to travel.
Everyone who comes to Samarpan completes a plan on how they will continue to address their bipolar disorder once they leave Samarpan. Even if you decide not to continue having therapy, you will have a good understanding of how to navigate the world in a way that will most allow your continued recovery from bipolar.
Tips for Making the Most of Your Time at a Bipolar Treatment Centre
Your stay at a bipolar treatment center is the time that you will really be able to get to grips with your mental health issues. To make the most of this experience, we suggest you follow these simple tips.
Be Brave in Therapy
Often, it is the things that we really don’t want to talk about that are keeping us the most sick. Subjects that involve abuse, trauma, shame, and guilt can all contribute towards mental unwellness, meaning that we cannot heal. If you want to heal quickly during your treatment, dig in and say the things you don’t want to say. You can be assured that there is no judgment from our team of mental health professionals, and anything you say will be in complete confidence.
Engage With Others
Loneliness is a contributing factor towards depression. Being isolated can be particularly harmful to your mental health. This is why we say you should connect with other clients at Samarpan. Everyone is there to work on their mental health, so you are likely to find common bonds that you can connect over.
Be Easy On Yourself
Living with bipolar can be incredibly tough, and the work you do at the treatment center, while rewarding, can also be challenging. When you are receiving treatment, you should be proud of yourself for doing the necessary work needed to address your condition.
Find Hope and Renewal with Samarpan Health Bipolar Treatment Centre
At Samarpan Health, there is nothing we love more than seeing someone walk out of doors feeling they can once again take on the world. If you would like to know more about how we can help you restart your life or would like to know anything else about our treatment process, please contact us today.