Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Treatment At The Crosby Clinic San Diego

Bipolar disorder, also referred to as manic-depressive disorder, is a serious and potentially destructive mental illness. Sufferers of bipolar disorder often exhibit risky or erratic behaviors accompanied by extreme mood swings. Just as it is named, like the opposite polarity on a magnet shifting from extremely positive to extremely negative, people who experience bipolar disorder suffer extreme shifts in moods (high highs and low lows). Sufferers of bipolar disorder often are unable to develop or maintain relationships, hold careers and, if suffers do not receive bipolar disorder treatment, they are at serious risk of bodily harm or even suicide.

What Are The Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder can exhibit, in varying degrees, hypomania, a lower level of mania during which individuals may appear energetic and excitable. Some other individuals with bipolar disorder may behave erratically and impulsively, often making poor decisions due to unrealistic ideas thoughts. Sleep patterns are disrupted. At the highest level of mania, individuals can show psychotic behavior, including violence. Individuals who experience manic episodes also commonly experience depressive episodes, or symptoms, or a mixed state in which features of both mania and depression are present at the same time. These events are usually separated by periods of “normal” mood; but, in some individuals, depression and mania may rapidly alternate, which is known as rapid cycling. Severe manic episodes can sometimes lead to such psychotic symptoms as delusions and hallucinations. Regardless of the severity of the disorder, the Crosby Clinic offers the most advanced bipolar disorder treatment.

Accurate Diagnosis Is Key To Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar disorder is often accompanied by a substance abuse issue. Vice versa, a substance abuse problem is often accompanied by a psychological/emotional disorder such as bipolar disorder. Therefore, to provide an individualized treatment program that addresses a condition and its root causes, it is essential for the client to receive a diagnosis that encompasses both the substance abuse and the emotional disorder also known as a dual diagnosis.

Historically, an insurance-driven diagnosis of bipolar disorder is based on a cluster of clinical symptoms without looking at brain function. The diagnosis itself provides limited insight into the origin of the symptoms. Studying brain function in combination with psychologic and physical evaluation is the only way to formally diagnose bipolar disorder. With a formal diagnosis or dual diagnosis, treatment can begin.

Individualized Treatment For Bipolar Disorder At The Crosby Clinic

At The Crosby Clinic every patient receives a customized treatment protocol as well as a customized team of doctors, therapists and specialists who coordinate to deliver a multidisciplinary approach to healing. Patients will receive thorough physical exams and psychological counseling. Through Crosby’s Neuroscience Institute, patients receive highly specialized neurologic imaging and diagnostic testing and a series of other protocols based on your diagnosis. Crosby’s Neuroscience Institute utilizes the most advanced research and brain imaging technology, such as qEEG brain mapping and SPECT brain imaging, to pinpoint the areas and brainwaves that are causing or contributing to the emotional symptoms and ultimately the personality and behavior of the patient. The Crosby Clinic will address your physical and emotional symptoms as well as the physical, emotional and neurological root causes for lifelong recovery.

Understanding the patient’s possible neurologic connection to bipolar disorder often helps the patient understand their own impulses and behaviors. The frontal region of the brain inhibits motor activity and impulses. If this region is under-activated, then the patient’s motor activity may not be inhibited adequately; thus, you will have a hyperactive or fidgety patient.

Under-activation in the frontal region of the brain also causes the patient to act on their impulses spontaneously (interrupting or blurting things out) while unable to think of the consequences. They are behaving normally for their brain, but their frontal brain is not inhibiting their impulses. This is the way their brain works, so they may not understand why they are being criticized. Thus, they may feel they are being criticized unfairly which can eventually lead to reactive argumentative behavior.

The Crosby Clinic Accepts Most Major Insurance For Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar disorder treatment can cost little or nothing! To find out if your insurance plan covers our treatment, fill in the Rapid Response Insurance Verification Form. We will work with your insurance company to get you approved.