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Bipolar Disorder Specialist

OCEC FOUNDATION

Youth Home Providing Behavioral Health & Mental Health Treatment located in Cleveland, OH

Adolescents who suffer from bipolar disorder face a unique set of challenges. This serious mental illness can wreak havoc on your child’s self-esteem, personal life, and learning. The good news is that with treatment, your child can overcome those challenges and learn to thrive. The team at OCEC Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, offers intensive and holistic in-patient behavioral health care for children and teens. Through a customized, family-focused treatment plan, the team helps teens with bipolar disorder develop healthy coping strategies so they can lead a full life. To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a severe mental health condition that involves intense episodes of emotional highs and lows, known as mania and depression. Bipolar disorder can interfere with your child’s sleep, judgment, behavior, and concentration, causing issues with school, personal relationships, and self-esteem.

The most common types of bipolar disorder are bipolar I and bipolar II. Extreme feelings of euphoria and increased levels of energy known as mania, followed by depressive periods of overwhelming sorrow or hopelessness, characterize bipolar I. Bipolar II cycles between less extreme “highs” known as hypomania and depressive episodes. 

Other types of mental health conditions may co-occur with bipolar disorder, such as anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse. 

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Similar to major depressive disorder, depressive episodes involve persistent, overwhelming feelings of despair, loss of interest in activities, poor concentration, low energy, and thoughts of self-harm. Some patients exhibit unusually slowed behavior during depressive episodes.

Mania and hypomania symptoms include: 

  • Euphoria
  • Agitation
  • Sleeplessness
  • An exaggerated sense of confidence
  • Talkativeness
  • Racing thoughts
  • Risk-taking behaviors

Some patients experience psychosis, or a break from reality, during manic bipolar episodes. 

What causes bipolar disorder?

The exact causes of bipolar disorder aren’t fully understood. Having a family history of the condition, individual brain chemistry, trauma, and substance abuse, can increase the risk of developing bipolar disorder. Diagnosis usually occurs during adolescence.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

The team at OCEC Foundation designs customized treatment plans using evidence-based protocols to address bipolar disorder. Treatment may include:

  • Medication
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Other techniques 

These approaches can help your teen manage bipolar symptoms while learning to process their feelings healthily. Children and adolescents in residence at OCEC Foundation receive services for bipolar disorder 24/7 to ensure care is always available when they need it. 

All patients benefit from holistic care that includes nutritional guidance and mindfulness coaching. The team works closely with parents and families, providing educational resources and training that give them the skills to help their child navigate the challenges of bipolar disorder.

The highly trained team at OCEC Foundation is committed to inclusivity and welcomes children and teenagers from all cultures, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, as well as LGBTQ+ individuals. 

To learn more about personalized treatment options for bipolar disorder at OCEC Foundation, schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced member of the team. Call the office today or request an appointment online.