As a severe mental illness that initiates extreme emotional highs and extreme emotional lows, bipolar disorder can rapidly bring about mayhem in an individual’s life. People who have bipolar disorder will inevitably experience disturbances in most, if not all, aspects of their daily lives. This is an illness that takes away one’s ability to have control over his or her own mind. Never knowing what emotions are going to overpower them as they go throughout their day, people with bipolar disorder can struggle to perform adequately at work or school, can have difficulty interacting socially, and can find it challenging to take care of seemingly simple daily tasks. While the inner battle elicited by the presence of bipolar disorder can be debilitating, there is help available. The staff at StoneCrest Center wants to help you rediscover your inner strength as you learn the skills needed to overcome your symptoms.
StoneCrest Center is a 124-bed acute psychiatric inpatient treatment center for adolescents, adults, and senior adults who are in need of specialized behavioral healthcare services. With a vision to remain an ever-improving care center, we strive to redefine the way that mental health treatment is delivered. By focusing on reintegrating patients back into the community by increasing problem-solving skills, communication skills, coping abilities, and enhancing their self-esteem, our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for those who entrust us with their care. With our state-of-the-art sensory room, we are the only treatment center in the state that is also able to provide specialized services for individuals with developmental disabilities. If you are struggling with bipolar disorder, the staff at StoneCrest wants to show you that you can overcome your symptoms and move forward towards living the happy, healthy life you deserve to live.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The turmoil that living with bipolar disorder inflicts upon an individual can be confusing to his or her family members and loved ones. The ups and downs that define this mental illness can lead to frustration and concern in those around the person experiencing these symptoms. If you have noticed significant changes in your loved one’s behavior and/or demeanor, and suspect that he or she may have bipolar disorder, here are some warning signs to look out for:
- Alternating between manic and depressive episodes
- Depressive episode:
- No longer participating in previously enjoyed activities
- Isolating oneself from family and friends
- Increased amount of time spent sleeping
- Participating in self-harming behaviors
- Experiencing suicidal ideation
- Manic episode:
- Rapid speech
- Flight of ideas
- Decreased need for sleep
- Displays of grandiosity
- Acting recklessly and impulsively
If these are symptoms that you recognize as being exhibited by your loved one, it is imperative that you encourage him or her to have an assessment completed by a mental health professional in order to determine if treatment is needed. If left untreated, the effects of bipolar disorder can be devastating.
Why Consider Treatment at StoneCrest Center
When an individual has bipolar disorder, it can seem as though there is no hope for finding an end to his or her suffering. The thoughts and feelings that people with this illness experience can fluctuate from minute to minute, leaving them in a state of constant confusion and fear as they never know what to expect. Lacking a sense of self-control can further perpetuate a downward spiral of conflicting, negative symptoms which can ultimately place individuals at risk of harming themselves or others by acting in reckless manners, participating in self-harming behaviors, or even contemplating and/or attempting suicide.
Taking part in an inpatient treatment program can be one of the best ways for people with bipolar disorder to receive the intensive treatment that they need. By entering into this type of program, individuals are able to step away from the chaos that this illness has inflicted on their lives and focus solely on becoming well again. In this setting, appropriate medications can be administered while under the constant supervision of medical and mental health professionals who can intervene when necessary. Through the implementation of various therapeutic techniques, inpatient treatment programs offer people with bipolar disorder a safe haven where they can begin to get their lives back on track.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At StoneCrest Center, we strive to set ourselves apart from other mental health treatment centers by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We believe that our values are what truly make us stand out. We treat each other like family and we empathize with and support the families who have a loved one who is struggling with mental illness. We diligently work at maintaining our position as a leader in creating distinct, effective mental health disease management through our partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, through the application of technology, and, most importantly, through the extension of services from our hospital to the home. At StoneCrest, we remain steadfast in preventing, supporting, and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral conditions by providing patients with a safe place to turn in their time of need.
Types of Treatment Offered at StoneCrest Center
The fully trained and qualified staff at StoneCrest uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, coordinating care amongst our in-house psychiatrists, nurses, socials workers, and activity therapists. By implementing a case management model that focuses on person-centered planning, each patient works with a therapist who serves as the patient’s coordinator and advocate during his or her stay. These therapists guide patients through the treatment process while establishing a therapeutic relationship as they help them work towards achieving their identified treatment goals. Our treatment programs are created to meet the needs of each patient as a whole in order to ensure that all needs are being addressed and coordinated while in our care. Some of the treatment methods used in our programs may include:
Medication management: One of the key components in properly treating the symptoms of bipolar disorder comes in the form of psychotropic medication. All patients meet with a psychiatrist daily and see a doctor regularly in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Group therapy plays a major role in the treatment process here at StoneCrest. Multiple groups are held on a daily basis and cover topics such as social skills, goal-setting, support systems, anger management, and educational meetings.
Family therapy: At StoneCrest, we believe that family involvement is crucial in helping our patients be successful in the treatment process. In addition to ensuring that family members are an active part of the therapeutic process, we also educate our patients’ families in order to help them understand what their loved ones are experiencing and discover ways that will help them cope with emotional difficulties that may arise in the future.
Depending on the specific needs of each patient, additional methods of treatment may be used, including:
- Individual therapy
- Expressive arts
- Sensory room interventions
- Therapeutic recreation
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When patients have completed the inpatient program at StoneCrest, they will meet with their social worker who will facilitate discharge planning. Our social workers will coordinate appropriate aftercare support, ensure placement or housing when necessary, and schedule any pertinent follow-up appointments with community agencies.