Bipolar disorders are very serious conditions that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Given that the disorder includes both the highs and lows of mania and depression, the person often feels as if they’re on a roller coaster. For some however, the extreme mood states may occur far apart with a return to normal occurring in between. Thus, even though the mood states are severe and life altering, given the normalcy in between, sometimes individuals may convince themselves they don’t need treatment.
In other cases, those experiencing Bipolar I – which includes full blown manic symptoms including significantly increased self-esteem, less need for sleep, racing thoughts and distractibility – may be delusional or not be able to recognize there is a problem with these symptoms. Also, people who are in the midst of a manic episode may be so wrapped up in their enthusiasm they believe their behavior is perfectly reasonable. Similarly, people with Bipolar II may experience the hypomanic symptoms found in this version of the disorder as enjoyable, or find the symptoms make them more sociable, provide more energy, and make them more creative. This is because the hypomanic symptoms are milder versions of the manic symptoms found in Bipolar I and don’t frequently result in the same severe effects as mania. It is not unusual for people to deny they have a problem during a manic or hypomanic episode.
Why Seek Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Park Royal Hospital?
Park Royal Hospital is a free-standing psychiatric treatment center located in Fort Myers, FL that provides life-altering care and support to adults who have difficulty handling life’s challenges. Our inpatient hospital provides services for anxiety, mood disorders, memory-related problems, behavioral issues, post-traumatic stress disorders, and co-occurring mental health issues.
We provide comprehensive evaluation services and treatment for acute problems in a modern, state-of-the-art building with all the comforts of home. You’ll pursue an improved quality of life surrounded by the serenity of landscaped green spaces and tree-filled vistas. At Park Royal we understand how out of control you may feel due to your bipolar disorder. Even when you aren’t experiencing a major mood state, you are likely filled with anxiety about the next episode, what type it will be, and the consequences of past episodes.
At Park Royal, our trained hospital staff is skilled at not only intervening in acute crisis situations, but also provide you with coping techniques and other skills to demonstrate that your future will improve. We also include any friends, family or significant others who may be able to provide additional support throughout your treatment process.
Most important, at Park Royal we treat you with respect and protect your dignity, never viewing you negatively, but instead focusing on the positive qualities that define the real you – not just your symptoms.
Bipolar Treatment Center Philosophy & Benefits
At Park Royal Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida we are aware of how hard it can be for anyone to seek help for a mental illness especially when considering an inpatient treatment center. We are aware of the courage it takes to commit to facing the problems in your life. We also understand that bipolar disorder, no matter what the symptoms, has become a familiar part of your life. We understand that changing your life, even when it’s for the better, can seem intimidating. We will help you learn coping skills for adapting to any distress you experience.
At Park Royal we are dedicated to identifying the best ways to provide a continuum of care. We are well aware of the high rate of co-occurring disorders that exist with any problem we treat, and have developed specific services to address such circumstances. We know that treating co-occurring disorders is more complex than treating each separately since conditions generally interact, so we ensure our staff receives training in this area.
Although our bipolar treatment hospital is intended for crisis stabilization, we are committed to providing every person who comes through here with additional services in order to help them begin their journey on the path to healing, providing a foundation of skills to use when facing life stress, and transition into the next phase of recovery. When it is time for you to leave our treatment center, we remain dedicated to your well-being, and work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you lead the life you want.
Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder at Our Hospital in Fort Myers, FL
Inpatient treatment for bipolar disorder at Park Royal Hospital has helped many people struggling to leave behind a chaotic lifestyle. Our multi-disciplinary team, composed of psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, primary care physicians, physical therapists, and around-the-clock nurses, provide you with the most effective treatments possible and the support to be able to engage in the therapeutic process. We will help you develop the belief in a bright future and work toward replacing negative thoughts with optimism.
Medication is often used in the management of bipolar disorder. Many people need a long-term medication to control extreme mood states but there are other techniques we use to help you deal with the thoughts and behaviors related to your disorder and to manage the consequences of past extreme mood states.[postit position=”none”] If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.[/postit]
Our primary treatment approach is to help you learn effective recovery strategies through group therapy sessions. Group therapy has shown to be an effective treatment approach for those suffering from bipolar disorder. Group sessions allow individuals to connect with one another and come to realize they aren’t alone in their experiences. We use both process-based and psycho-educational groups.
Although not a set part of the treatment programs available at our hospital, individual therapy is provided as appropriate when you have personal issues you’d prefer not to discuss in front of a group.
Bipolar disorder affects not only you but also your family. Many times, families and friends don’t understand drastically opposite mood states or what causes them. We encourage family involvement to help family members reconnect and heal any riffs that may have occurred. We also try to help loved ones better understand your disorder, treatment process and aftercare plans. Additional bipolar treatment program options are available including:
- Occupational therapy
- Structured activities
- Physical therapy
- Leisure time
- Recreational programs
- A.A. and N.A.
Continuing Care for Bipolar Disorder
When it’s time for you to leave our hospital, our discharge planners will work with you to create an appropriate discharge plan. We are firmly committed to continuity of care, and have several intensive outpatient programs for you to consider if you still feel the need for a relatively high level of structure provided in a bipolar disorder treatment center. These programs offer group sessions, individual therapy, supportive therapy, education, unstructured time to interact with peers, and experiential opportunities. Objectives of our outpatient programs are to improve mood, emotional tolerance and socialization skills, to build support systems, restore relationships, and work toward increased participation in activities. This program provides therapeutic activities for 3 hours a day three to five days per week in addition to any individualized components that may be part of your treatment plan.
Some people are ready to return home upon discharge from our hospital. In these cases we set up referrals for outpatient therapists and community support groups to help them continue their progress.