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Bipolar Diagnosis

A bipolar diagnosis can be a frightening thing. To realize that you have a mental illness can cause fear, shame and embarrassment. But you shouldn’t feel any of those things. There is no shame in having a mental illness. If you were diagnosed with a problem like diabetes or sciatica, you wouldn’t feel shame. And a bipolar diagnosis is just as beyond your control as any of those illnesses. There’s also no reason to feel embarrassed about being bipolar. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is something that millions of people suffer with. It’s a common mood disorder, and something that’s serious enough to need treatment. If you had high blood pressure you wouldn’t feel embarrassed. Bipolar disorder is just the same. You did not bring it on yourself, and there’s nothing you could have done to prevent it.

The fear of a bipolar diagnosis is common, too. At Cliffside Malibu we understand your fear. But you should look at the diagnosis as a positive step. Now that you know what the problem is, you can start treating it and dealing with it. A bipolar diagnosis is a positive step when you view it in that light. And when it’s part of dual diagnosis with drugs or alcohol addiction, it’s a very positive thing. It’s most likely one of the major hurdles that have kept you from overcoming drug or alcohol abuse. When you thought you should have been able to stop, your bipolar disorder was there making you want to use drugs and alcohol to feel better for a while. You can finally overcome these problems now if you’ll call Cliffside Malibu at (424) 320-3061.

Your Bipolar Diagnosis

A bipolar diagnosis means that you suffer from bipolar disorder, which is a depressive mood disorder. You might think that a depression treatment center is the answer. You’re half right. You need depression treatment, but if you have a dual diagnosis you also need treatment for your addiction. If you are successfully treated for your mental illness based on your bipolar diagnosis but your addiction isn’t properly treated, your chances of long term recovery are slim. That’s because by using drugs and alcohol, you aggravate your bipolar disorder.

And if you go into alcohol or drug treatment that doesn’t also acknowledge your bipolar diagnosis and treat you for it, the mental disorder can make the urge to use to feel better unbearable. This is why you need to call Cliffside Malibu. Our treatment center in beautiful Malibu, California will take your bipolar diagnosis and your addiction, and create an individualized treatment plan just for you. Then we treat you as a whole person, not as a person with substance use disorderion or a mood disorder. We don’t break you down into compartments and try to treat them one by one. Instead, we use a holistic approach that treats you as a unique, whole individual.

Symptoms of Manic Depression

If you suspect a bipolar diagnosis is what’s keeping you addicted to drugs and alcohol, call Cliffside Malibu today and talk to a trained counselor about your symptoms. We can help you understand if you have bipolar disorder or another mental illness. And we can help you decide if our kind of treatment is right for you. A bipolar diagnosis is something that isn’t made with a lab test or blood work. It’s based on your behavior over a period of time. The most notable symptom of bipolar disorder is the swing from manic to depressed and back. This doesn’t usually happen quickly but over a period of days.

If you need a bipolar diagnosis, you might truly believe that there’s nothing wrong with you when you’re in the manic phase. You’re busy and full of ideas. You might start several projects with enthusiasm. Your thoughts might seem like they’re racing almost so fast that you can’t keep up. People with a bipolar diagnosis who are in the manic phase of the disorder will often even talk very quickly. Then the depressive phase comes, and all the frenzy and enthusiasm of the manic phase disappears. Projects are abandoned, ideas are dismissed as no good, and deep depression can suddenly make life not seem worth living. If you suffer these symptoms, you should seek treatment from a professional drug rehab center.

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Bipolar Diagnosis Treatment

Bipolar diagnosis treatment isn’t easy under the best of circumstances. Bipolar disorder is harder to treat than some other mood disorders because of those mood swings and the false feeling of well being that comes with the manic phase. When you have a dual diagnosis, which is a mood disorder like bipolar disorder paired with addiction, treatment becomes a true challenge. But at Cliffside Malibu, we’ve successfully treated many people with a bipolar diagnosis and a person with substance use disorderion. We understand the special pain this condition brings and can help you overcome it.

One way we help people with a bipolar diagnosis and a drug addiction is by providing a luxurious and beautiful treatment facility. Our facility is set in the hills of Malibu, California for both privacy and beauty. A gorgeous, sunny ocean view will start your day, along with a gourmet, nutritionally balanced breakfast. Swim in the Pacific Ocean with our private beach access or in our swimming pool. Go hiking or horseback riding, or meditate in our beautiful gardens. Choose alternative therapies like yoga. All these amenities and luxuries will make you comfortable at our facility and help you recover.

Overcoming Mental Illness

Bipolar disorder is painful and isolating. You’re not alone with this disorder, but it can feel like it, especially when you’re dealing with addiction, too. At Cliffside Malibu, we can help you overcome addiction and understand your disorder. You can get beyond the pain and start living your life again. Bipolar disorder can make you feel worthless and ashamed, and keep you from seeing the joy in life and the positive things around you. At Cliffside Malibu, we’ll teach you to see the positive parts of your life and help you overcome your conditions so that you can start feeling joy again.

For additional information on Bipolar Diagnosis services at Cliffside Malibu, please visit our main rehab center page.


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(424) 320-3061