According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 2.8% of the U.S. adult population suffer from bipolar disorder on a yearly basis. That equates to approximately 7 million people. Many of these individuals also find themselves struggling with alcoholism or drug abuse. As a result, they may suffer from bipolar disorder and addiction simultaneously. Unfortunately, this is the case for countless people who suffer from mental health disorders.
When mental illness and addiction co-occur, this is known as a dual diagnosis. Living with co-occurring disorders can be challenging and even life-altering. This is why those who are suffering from dual diagnoses must seek professional treatment. Fortunately, we offer dual diagnosis treatment here at Orlando Treatment Solutions.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
The National Institute of Mental Health defines bipolar disorder as a mental health condition that causes people to experience unusual shifts in concentration, mood, and energy levels. This disorder can also make it quite difficult for individuals to perform normal, daily activities.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder was once known as “manic-depressive disorder” or “manic depression”. The disorder is commonly characterized by periods of mania and periods of depression. During manic episodes, individuals typically feel intense excitement.
Self-confidence and euphoria often set in during these episodes. Mania can also cause people to become extremely energetic and lose the need for sleep. Also, people may experience irritability and appetite loss during manic episodes.
During depressive episodes, individuals typically experience a feeling of listlessness. They may feel incredibly sad, lonely, empty, or despondent. Depressive episodes can also cause people to have sleep-related issues, such as sleeping too much, waking up too early, or having difficulty falling asleep. When people experience depressive episodes, they may feel unable to do some of the activities they do on a normal basis.
Many people who have bipolar disorder also experience a “mixed state”, during which they experience symptoms of mania and depression. Or, they may experience periods where they feel neither manic nor depressed.
Types of Bipolar Disorder
There are three main types of bipolar disorders, each of which involves unusual shifts in mood and energy levels. The three main types of bipolar disorder are the following:
Bipolar I Disorder
This type of bipolar disorder is characterized by manic episodes that last for at least 7 days. Or, individuals may experience manic episodes that are so severe and intense that they require hospitalization. When people with bipolar I disorder experience depressive episodes, the symptoms typically last for 2 weeks or more. Some people with this type of bipolar disorder also have periods during which they experience symptoms of both mania and depression.
Bipolar II Disorder
Individuals with bipolar II disorder typically experience a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. (They do not usually experience full-scale manic episodes.)
Also known as cyclothymia, cyclothymic disorder is characterized by a pattern of depressive and hypomanic symptoms lasting for 2 years or more. (Individuals with this disorder experience these symptoms, but not to the extent necessary to classify them as episodes.)
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What is Addiction?
Addiction is a disorder that causes individuals to have an intense urge to engage in particular behaviors or activities. Individuals who suffer from a substance addiction have what is known as a substance use disorder. This type of addiction is characterized by the urge to use alcohol or drugs. It occurs after a person grows psychologically and/or physically dependent on a substance.
This disorder is no respecter of persons. It affects people all over the world, from all walks of life, and in various demographics. Unfortunately, substance use disorders are common. However, there is hope for those suffering from addiction. Through professional addiction treatment, individuals can find help.
How Do Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse Co-Occur?
Co-occurring disorders can develop due to a number of reasons. In the case of bipolar disorder and substance abuse, there could be quite a few possible causes. However, it is important to point out that each of these disorders can cause the other to occur.
In other words, drug or alcohol abuse can cause changes in the brain that may eventually lead to the development of bipolar disorder. On the other hand, a person who has bipolar disorder may become dependent on their medication. Or, they may turn to alcohol and drug use to cope with their mental health symptoms.
Treatment for Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
At Orlando Treatment Solutions, we offer many treatment options for those suffering from bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Our treatment programs include the following:
- Outpatient Program
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Therapeutic Services
Individuals who come to our Florida addiction treatment facility will receive only the best of care. Our approach to treatment offers individualized care, addressing the unique and specific needs of our clients. We strive to provide treatment with excellence and compassion.
If you are currently living with bipolar disorder and addiction, you are not alone. Many people find themselves battling co-occurring disorders. But, you do not have to fight alone anymore. Our treatment programs can help you.
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Our leadership team has extensive experience in dual-diagnosis treatment and is ready to help those who are struggling with substance use and mental health.
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Orlando Treatment Solutions has helped over 2,000 people who have struggled with substance use (alcohol and drug addiction) and mental health find freedom.
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