Bipolar Disorder is a psychiatric condition that is characterized by dramatic shifts in moods, that differ greatly in severity and duration from the normal "ups and downs" that everyone experiences from time to time. The causes of Bipolar Disorder are varied, and include dis-regulation in brain chemistry, genetic predisposition, psychological stressors, social factors, family history and family dynamics.
A person with Bipolar Disorder goes through periods of mania where they may experience an unusually elevated mood and may also experience a period of time where they are feeling depressed and hopeless. During manic episodes, people are often unaware that their mood is elevated to a point that can lead that person
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into unsafe and problematic behaviors. These manic episodes are often accompanied by delusions of grandeur, compulsive and risky behaviors, insomnia, lack of self-care, and excessive alcohol/drug use and abuse. While in a depressive episode, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are prevalent and often lead to an increase in drug and alcohol abuse as well as an increase in suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.
The clinicians at The Camden Center have found that often times underneath a person’s struggle with addiction is an underlying mood disorder, such as bipolar disorder. The highs and lows experienced can be quite uncomfortable and deregulating and the use of drugs and alcohol often become a way of managing those emotions and mood shifts.
At The Camden Center we believe that proper diagnosis and treatment of Bipolar disorder is imperative. Sobriety is a major factor in the success of the treatment of Bipolar disorder and we believe that the symptoms of Bipolar disorder can be effectively reduced and managed by introducing appropriate psychiatric medication, Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Trauma therapy, Acupuncture and Nutrition.