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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, previously referred to as manic depression, is a disorder affecting mood and behavior. People diagnosed with the disorder have extreme fluctuations in activity, mood, and energy fluctuations. Episodes of depression and loss of energy follow periods of heightened energy and positive mood.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “An estimated 2.8% of U.S. adults had bipolar disorder in the past year.” Avery Lane uses various therapeutic modalities to help women manage bipolar disorder and co-occurring disorders.

Woman smiling who has managed her bipolar disorder

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

    Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycles of “highs” and “lows.” The “high” points of the cycle leave people feeling energized, elated, and confident. “Low” points involve varying levels of depression, loss of interest, hopelessness, and feelings of dread. Each episode may last a week to several months, depending on the type of bipolar disorder a person experiences. Symptoms are reported most days during an episode and may fluctuate in intensity over time.

    There are several types of bipolar disorder, including:

    • Bipolar I: Episodes of manic behavior followed by deep depression
    • Bipolar II: Episodes of severe depression followed by hypomania
    • Cyclothymic Disorder: Cycles between depression and hypomania with less severe symptoms than bipolar II
    Psychological health has a direct effect on physical health. According to MedlinePlus, BD and other “Mood disorders can increase a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases.” The more severe side effects may be avoided by early intervention and treatment.

    How to Help a Loved One With Bipolar Disorder

    Many people with bipolar disorder go through periods where they feel on top of the world and invincible. People experiencing a manic episode may not recognize the need for treatment. On the other hand, during depressive episodes, it might feel too overwhelming to reach out for help even if they feel hopeless and want treatment. Family and friends can help their loved ones by staging interventions, providing details on local treatment programs, and educating themselves about the realities of bipolar disorder. Friends and family must often prompt loved ones with bipolar disorder to get the treatment they need to manage their disorder.

    Bipolar disorder affects many aspects of a person’s life, including relationships and family dynamics. Family members and friends show their love and support by providing the following:

    • Practical assistance, including locating treatment options or providing transportation to appointments
    • Emotional support before, during, and after treatment
    • Motivation and inspiration to continue making positive lifestyle changes throughout treatment

    Families affected by bipolar disorder benefit from engaging in professional mental health treatment. Currently, no cure exists for bipolar disorder. However, the condition can be successfully managed using a combination of psychotherapy and prescription medications.

    Overcome Bipolar Disorder & Enjoy a Life of Harmony

    Untreated bipolar disorder impacts many areas of a person’s life, including professional and personal relationships. Early intervention and treatment are the best way to reduce side effects and manage the condition successfully. Avery Lane uses evidence-based and alternative holistic therapies to help clients manage mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. To learn more, call us at (800) 270-2406.

    Treating Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorder and Bipolar Disorder

    Avery Lane treats primary and secondary mental health disorders, including dual diagnosis involving substance misuse and bipolar disorder. The programs provide multiple levels of care, including:

    • Medically assisted detox
    • Residential treatment (RTC)
    • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
    • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
    • Outpatient
    • Sober living support

    Clients collaborate closely with the care team to ensure they receive the level of support they need to heal. Clinicians use the following treatments and services to help women struggling with bipolar disorder:

    • Brain Spotting
    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
    • Alternative holistic therapies

    Treatment generally involves addressing any active and underlying issues simultaneously using integrative and complementary care. Many people with bipolar disorder have underlying trauma affecting their mental health and overall well-being. The clinicians at Avery Lane are experts at treating trauma and offer a variety of additional trauma-focused treatments and services.

    Aftercare Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

    Individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder may need to take medications or attend individual therapy long-term to manage their condition. According to NIMH, “Although symptoms may come and go, bipolar disorder usually requires lifelong treatment and does not go away on its own.”

    Some of the most common prescription medications used to manage BD include the following mood stabilizers:

    • Lithium (Lithobid)
    • Valproic acid (Depakene)
    • Divalproex sodium (Depakote)y
    • Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Equetro, etc.)
    • Lamotrigine (Lamictal)

    Avery Lane also uses energy healing and naturopathic medicine to help clients achieve greater mood stabilization. The treatments provide a solid foundation for the transition into ongoing recovery.

    Transform Your Life with Mental Health Care

    Avery Lane provides expertly designed treatment programs for various mental health conditions, including:


    Therapy, anti-anxiety medications, and mindfulness.

    Bipolar Disorder

    A multi-faceted approach to bipolar disorder.

    Borderline Personality Disorder

    Addressed with DBT, CBT, and medication.


    Overcome codependency with healthy boundaries.


    Combining multiple therapeutic methods.

    Grief and Loss

    Nurturing resilience indifficult times.

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    Actively confront and overcome PTSD.

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    What Women Experience

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    Camille Open Door at Avery Lane Womens Rehab Novato

    We were all so fortunate to find Avery Lane when our daughter was at a low point. An initial diagnosis was confirmed by staff and the time spent there in recovery was very beneficial to both our daughter and ourselves. Our daughter was able to find out why she was behaving the way she was and was given many tools to help her recovery.

    D.A. and J.A. - Parents of Avery Lane Alumni

    What Women Experience

    Hear What Our Alumni Has To say about Avery Lane

    I can only say that seeking help is the first big step. I am so grateful to have found the team at Avery Lane…this past year has been far from easy or simple. I’ve had my moments of doubt, crisis, despair, loneliness…. but in each of those instances I had an incredible group of women to help me through my journey…reminding me of the many tools at my disposal, the strength of my soul and the freedom that comes when you face your worst fears.

    D.R. - Avery Lane Alumni

    My daughter chose to go to Avery Lane because it was founded by a woman, run by women and only treated women. It gave her a safe sanctuary to heal as well as peace of mind for us, her parents, who did not want her in a co-ed treatment program."

    C.H - Mother of Avery Lane Alumni