Bipolar Disorder Treatment Programs and Services in Reading, PA

Everyone has their ups and downs. But those with bipolar disorder have extreme swings in mood, energy and activity level, alternating between manic and depressive stages. That’s why the condition is also referred to as a manic-depressive illness.

During manic episodes, you may feel “high,” elated, restless or agitated, experience a major boost in your activity level, engage in high-risk behaviors like gambling or reckless driving and have trouble sleeping. During depressive episodes, you may feel “down,” or hopeless, experience a loss of interest in activities, see a change in your sleeping and eating patterns, and have suicidal thoughts. Some people with bipolar disorder have numerous episodes of mania, while others rarely experience them.

Bipolar disorder can occur at any age, though onset is typically around age 25. There are several types:

  • Bipolar I: Characterized by manic episodes that last longer than a week and are so severe, the person typically needs hospital care. Depressive episodes last at least two weeks.
  • Bipolar II: Includes patterns of depression and mania, but manic episodes are much less severe.
  • Cyclothymic disorder: Characterized by mild episodes of mania and depression.
  • Rapid-cycling bipolar disorder: Indicated by at least four major episodes within a year.

If you’re struggling with bipolar disorder, there is hope. At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania, we offer specialized treatments on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Let us help you learn to effectively manage your illness and empower you to live your best life.

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