5 Therapies At Private Mental Health Facilities That Treat Bipolar Disorder Symptoms


Mood swings that shift quickly from extreme highs to devastating lows and interfere with daily life are potentially an indication of bipolar disorder. These mood swings are far different than the average ups and downs of life; they impact relationships, jobs and school performance. A bipolar disorder diagnosis can be difficult to make; most people seek help during the depressive phase and doctors therefore often misdiagnose bipolar disorder as depression.


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Although many bipolar therapies focus solely on medication to treat the mental illness, there are supplementary therapies that private mental health facilities utilize that can greatly improve bipolar disorder symptoms.

  • 1.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) centers on modifying automatic thought responses. Specifically targeting negative and unhealthy thinking patterns, CBT replaces these unhealthy thoughts with more positive thoughts. CBT helps women struggling with bipolar disorder by recognizing when a shift in mood is about to occur. Studies have concluded that people who utilize CBT in addition to medication are more likely to respond to treatment and are less likely to relapse.

    2.Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Originally, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was created to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, but this therapy has been found to be successful in treating depression and bipolar disorder, as well as co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. One of the four DBT skills taught is emotional regulation. This skill is particularly important for bipolar disorder because it regulates the intensity and frequency of anxiety and stress that lies at the core of this illness.

    3.Family Therapy:  Bipolar disorder impacts not only the one diagnosed with the illness, but family and friends as well. Incorporating the family in treatment helps to rebuild relationships damaged by intense periods of depression and manic behavior. Participating in family therapy once a week provides an opportunity to practice interpersonal skills learned in treatment. Family passes allow women to practice their coping skills in their home environment. These opportunities give each woman and primary therapist the understanding of what life will be like after discharge.

    4.Group Therapy: Group therapy offers support for women grappling with bipolar disorder. Friendships and togetherness offer support during breakthroughs in treatments that is extremely valuable to a woman whose intense mood swings have often caused her to be alienated. Women are also given the opportunity to work on effective communication and interpersonal skills between each other.

    5.Daily Routines: Regular, daily routines have been proven to aide in managing symptoms of bipolar disorder. Research from the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh concluded daily routines improved symptoms of bipolar disorder. During treatment at private mental health facilities, daily routines are established including sleep hygiene, meals, exercise and medication time. A regular schedule provides stability to those who frequently feel completely unstable.

    Brookhaven Retreat believes in employing a holistic approach to treating bipolar disorder. Research has proven that a combination of psychotherapy and medication is more effective than medication alone. Brookhaven Retreat provides women with the tools needed to successfully cope with their emotions and impulses, as well as the skills to communicate effectively and thus allowing women to return to a healthy life after discharge.

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