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Bipolar disorder—sometimes known as manic-depressive illness—is a brain disorder that causes severe changes in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function.

What is Bipolar I?

Bipolar I disorder consists of alternating mania and depression periods. This is the most severe form of bipolar disorder.

What is Bipolar II?

Bipolar II disorder consists of alternating recurrent depression and less intense manic episodes, called hypomania.

Treatment for Bipolar and Substance Use Disorder

woman at a bipolar disorder treatment programAlcohol and drug abuse are extremely common among people suffering from bipolar disorder. Studies have shown there may be an increased tendency for anxiety and obsessive disorders.

People often suffer for years before their bipolar disorder is properly diagnosed and treated. Once diagnosed, most people respond to a treatment program that combines medication, education, and support. The goals of treatment at Harmony Hills are to stabilize the acute episode if present and prevent the recurrence of future episodes.

Signs and symptoms of Hypomania/Mania

Signs and symptoms of mania include the following:

  • Increased energy or activity
  • A sense of euphoria
  • Increased sexual interests/activities
  • Poor judgment
  • Risky or aggressive behavior
  • Psychosis (severe cases)
  • Little need for sleep
  • Impulsive spending
  • Irritability
  • Unrealistic behavior
  • Increased talkativeness
  • Signs and symptoms of Depression
  • Signs and symptoms of depression include the following:
  • Pervasive feelings of sadness or low mood
  • Little interest/pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Pervasive hopelessness and pessimism
  • Changes in appetite or diet
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Memory loss

Get the Best Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

The Harmony Hills dual-diagnosis treatment program consists of group therapy each weekday, weekly individual therapy sessions, and medication management. Our program uses evidence-based approaches to treat both substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and bipolar disorder. Addiction and co-occurring disorders are treated at the same time, with emphasis given to the way in which these conditions reinforce one another. At Harmony Hills, your mental health is our mission. We take pride in watching people flourish in our care and in our alumni program.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

Although substance use disorder trends in the United States have changed over the years, addiction remains one of America’s most challenging issues. In many cases, addictions to illegal drugs like heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, are giving way to opioids and other prescription drugs (e.g., fentanyl, OxyContin, and Xanax). Behavioral addictions are also called process addictions; they have become more prevalent in recent years. Process addictions include pathological gambling and sex addiction. According to studies conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people who suffer from addiction are nearly twice as likely as their healthy counterparts to suffer from another mental health condition simultaneously.

Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health

For many years, our staff at Harmony Hills has worked tirelessly to help people overcome their addictions and move on to happier, more connected lives. We are one of central Florida’s leaders in treating psychiatric conditions in our mental health treatment program. Our programs specialize in treating recovering addicts who have also been diagnosed with co-occurring depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder in an inpatient and intensive outpatient environment. We also offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for people who need to return home in the evenings but want to attend off-campus meetings and events with a support group.

Get the Support You Need With The People Who Care

The clinicians at Harmony Hills are experts in the field of addiction medicine. They have extensive experience treating many mental health conditions simultaneously. To inquire about the program or to schedule an appointment, please contact us by calling 855.494.0357.