Bipolar Disorder Treatment Center

Bipolar Disorder is categorized as a mental disorder that range from severe lows to manic highs. While Bipolar Disorder is common it’s a debilitating disorder that affects individuals’ day-to-day lives, Bipolar Disorder affects one in every 100 people. At Arbor Wellness, our bipolar treatment center helps individuals gain the space needed to find healing, understand their root causes, and hone the skills needed to manage their symptoms.

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What Is Our Bipolar Treatment Center Like?

At Arbor Wellness, each person who pursues help at our bipolar treatment center is met with our staff to prepare and develop an individualized treatment plan after an assessment and psychiatric evaluation that includes the following:

Assessment and Psychiatric Evaluation

Each client will initially be given an evaluation. The evaluation may include a physical exam and lab tests to identify any medical problems that could contribute to bipolar symptoms. A psychiatric assessment will also be administered by a psychiatrist. 

You may also be asked to keep a record of your daily moods and sleep patterns or other factors that might help with your diagnosis and get you the treatment you need.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment Programming

Bipolar Disorder Treatment involves a multitude of modalities that can include:

Psychotherapy is an important part of bipolar disorder treatment and can be given in individual, group or family settings. From interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and family therapy, we have many supportive psychotherapy options to help you through your journey to wellness.

Our full continuum of care that includes residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient rehab, and more can give individuals the structure and support needed to acclimate back to the real world while still creating sustainable change in their lives. 

Substance abuse treatment may also be necessary as there is a high risk of developing a co-occurring substance use disorder in patients with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder can be very difficult to manage if a substance use disorder remains unchecked, even if treatment is being given for mental health and bipolar disorder. 

Types of Bipolar Disorder

While there are multiple different types of bipolar disorder, each is categorized by length, frequency, symptoms, and patterns of mania and depression. The mood swings involved in Bipolar Disorder are often severe and can last for weeks and months. The most common types of Bipolar Disorder include the following:

Bipolar I disorder is defined by manic episodes lasting at least 7 days or by symptoms of mania that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Depressive episodes also occur that last a minimum of two weeks. 

Bipolar II disorder is defined by a pattern of depressive episodes followed by hypomanic (an abnormally revved up state) episodes. Hypomanic episodes are not the same as episodes of full-blown mania that are associated with bipolar I disorder. 

Cyclothymic disorder, or cyclothymia, is defined by periods of hypomanic episodes in conjunction with periods of depressive symptoms that have lasted for at least two years but don’t meet the requirements to be diagnosed for a hypomanic episode and depressive episode.

Rapid Cycling happens when a person experiences more than four episodes of mania, hypomania, or depressive episodes in a 12-month period. 

Risk Factor of Bipolar Disorder

There is no single one cause of Bipolar Disorder, but developing Bipolar can be contributed to a number of factors that include the following:

Brain Composition

Chemical and hormone imbalances have been linked. to the development of Bipolar Disorder. Though more research is needed, professionals believe certain brain scans have detected Bipolar Disorder in the development of the brain. 


Bipolar Disorder is common in families, and those who have a parent with Bipolar Disorder have a higher chance of developing it themselves.

Environmental Factors

Oftentimes, environmental factors including traumatic events and life stressors such as a death of a loved one can lead to the onset of Bipolar Disorder symptoms. 

In addition, drug abuse can exacerbate and bring forth Bipolar Disorder. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 60 percent of those suffering from Bipolar Disorder have been dependent on drugs and/or alcohol.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

There are three typical symptoms that occur in someone who has Bipolar Disorder. Theses include mania, hypomania, and depression. While mania and hypo-mania experience the same type of symptoms, mania creates more severity, and hypomania creates more day-to-day problems including psychosis, and may require hospitalizations. 

Mania/Hypo-Mania: The highs of mania can be overwhelmingly high – sometimes leading to a number of unpleasant repercussions. Manic phases may make a person feel excessively energetic and happy and their perceived need for sleep is low. During phases of mania or hypomania, a person may feel overly optimistic and invulnerable, potentially leading to risky behavior, such as gambling, drug use, acting out sexually, compulsively shopping for things they cannot afford, or perhaps even shoplifting. Other symptoms of Bipolar Disorder mania include:

  • Excessive irritability
  • Heightened mood
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Impulsiveness
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Racing thoughts or speech
  • Flight of ideas
  • Reckless Behavior
  • Impulsivity
  • Poor judgment
  • Easily distracted
  • Excessively irritable
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Sexual compulsion

Depression: The lows of depression can be crushing and sometimes even life threatening. Most people find it difficult to function and lack motivation to complete even the most basic of chores, such as changing clothes or eating. During depressive phases, a person may sleep too much or not be able to sleep at all. Finding pleasure in life is difficult and the person might feel hopeless most days. Sometimes suicidal thoughts can intrude and are difficult to silence. In fact, nearly 25% of all suicides are linked with untreated bipolar disorder. Other symptoms of of Bipolar Disorder depression include:

  • Loss of energy
  • Pessimism
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Prolonged sadness or crying that cannot be explained
  • Changes in sleep patterns and appetite
  • Anger, anxiety, agitation, irritability, worry
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Indecisiveness
  • Loss of energy
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide or death
  • Inability to take pleasure in interests one previously enjoye

Medications Used for Bipolar Disorder

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder is guided by a medical doctor who can assess and recommend the best course of treatment. At Arbor Wellness, our multidisciplinary treatment team is guided by doctors, psychiatrists, and counselors who have integrated evidenced-based treatments in conjunction with medications that can include:

Mood Stabilizers

Mood stabilizers are needed by most individuals with Bipolar Disorder to control manic or hypomanic episodes. Some of these medications can include Lithium, Lamictal, or Valproate.


Antidepressants are most often used to help manage the symptoms of depression in Bipolar Disorder. However, antidepressants for Bipolar Disorder are prescribed in combination with mood stabilizers are they can increase the risk of mania.


For Bipolar Disorder patients suffering from hallucinations, paranoia, or psychosis, antipsychotics can help ease these symptoms.

For clients who are interested in non-pharmacological options, Arbor Wellness has developed a multitude of evidence-based and holistic approaches that can help bridge the gap between healing and comfort.

Don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. In the case of a medical emergency please contact 911 or visit your local emergency department.

Find Healing at Our Bipolar Treatment Center in Nashville

If you or someone you love has either been diagnosed with or is showing symptoms of bipolar disorder, seeking a treatment center for bipolar disorder for therapy is never a bad idea. At Arbor Wellness, our compassionate and experienced specialists work with each client to develop an individualized treatment plan to help them to better manage bipolar disorder and its symptoms. Here, you can learn to identify stressors that can contribute to symptoms of mood instability and any necessary lifestyle changes. You can live a life of wellness and productivity at our bipolar treatment and mental health treatment in Nashville.

Reach out to us today at 615-246-7275 to get on the path to recovery and learn more about our admissions process.

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