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Bipolar Disorder

As someone living with bipolar disorder, you know the challenges of managing your condition. The highs and lows can significantly impact your work, relationships, and overall well being. That's why it's critical to get the right treatment and support. Bold Steps Behavioral Health offers innovative programs designed specifically for individuals with bipolar disorder. Our team of compassionate professionals provides comprehensive therapy, lifestyle training, medication management, and community resources to help you regain stability and thrive. With the right treatment plan, you can gain control over your symptoms and live the fulfilling life you deserve. Take the first step toward recovery and contact us at 717.896.1880 today.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings. These range from manic highs of intense energy and euphoria to depressive lows of sadness and hopelessness.

  • Key Symptoms
  1. Manic episodes: Feeling overly happy, outgoing or irritable behavior. Impulsive actions, increased activity and racing thoughts.
  2. Depressive episodes: Overwhelming sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, fatigue and lack of concentration.
  • Causes and Risk Factors
  • Genetics play a role, but brain structure, environment and life events are also factors.
  • Usually develops in late teens and early adult years..

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

  • Mood Episodes

You may experience distinct periods of extreme mood changes. These episodes can be manic (overly energetic or irritable) or depressive (feeling very sad or hopeless).

  • Manic Symptoms
  1. Excessive restlessness, energy and activity levels
  2. Racing thoughts and rapid speech
  3. Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
  4. Impulsive behaviors like overspending or risky actions
  • Depressive Symptoms
  1. Persistent sadness, emptiness or hopelessness
  2. Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  3. Fatigue and lack of energy
  4. Sleep and appetite disturbances

Early diagnosis is crucial. Seek professional help if you notice these recurring, severe mood shifts interfering with daily life.

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A Bold Approach

Why choose Bold Steps Behavioral Health?


You never walk alone. From 1:1 counseling to group talk therapy, we cultivate an environment of compassion and support


We take a holistic view of patients during the recovery process, providing individualized care with an emphasis on comfort and respect.


Recovery touches every part of your life, and we give clients the tools and mindset they need to thrive in work, life, and relationships.

Causes of Bipolar Disorder

  • Genetics & Family History

You may have an increased risk of developing bipolar disorder if the condition runs in your family. Research suggests that bipolar disorder has a hereditary component, though the specific genes involved are still being studied.

  • Brain Structure & Function

Imaging studies show that the brains of individuals with bipolar disorder may differ from those without the disorder. These differences seem to involve the areas that control emotions, impulses, and judgment.

  • Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine help regulate mood. Imbalances in these brain chemicals may contribute to the extreme mood shifts seen in bipolar disorder.

  • Environmental Factors

Stressful life events, trauma, substance abuse, and disrupted sleep patterns are thought to interact with genetic and neurological factors, potentially triggering bipolar episodes in some individuals.

By understanding the potential causes, Bold Steps Behavioral Health’s comprehensive treatment programs can address the unique needs of each client through personalized therapy and support.

Getting Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

  • Recognizing the Symptoms

Bipolar disorder can manifest in various ways. Manic episodes may involve euphoric moods, racing thoughts, and impulsive behaviors. Depressive episodes bring intense sadness, fatigue, and hopelessness. If you experience dramatic shifts between these extremes, consult a mental health professional.

  • Seeking Professional Help

Your doctor or therapist will evaluate your symptoms through interviews and tests. Be open about your experiences, as an accurate diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment. Bold Steps’ compassionate clinicians specialize in bipolar disorder assessments.

  • Getting an Accurate Diagnosis

With a proper bipolar disorder diagnosis, you can access tailored therapies at Bold Steps. Our innovative programs combine medication management, psychotherapy, and holistic approaches for comprehensive care. Take that first bold step towards understanding and managing your condition.

Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

At Bold Steps Behavioral Health, we offer comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs. Our goal is to help you manage your bipolar disorder symptoms effectively.

  • Medication Management

Mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and other medications can help control manic and depressive episodes. Our psychiatrists work closely with you to find the right combination and dosage.

  • Psychotherapy

Therapy teaches coping strategies for dealing with bipolar disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and family-focused therapy are proven approaches we utilize.

  • Lifestyle Changes

Maintaining a regular sleep schedule, exercising, and limiting stress are vital. Our team guides you in making positive lifestyle adjustments for overall well-being.

Take the First Step

Bipolar disorder is a complex condition that affects millions. While there is no cure, innovative programs like those offered at Bold Steps Behavioral Health provide real hope. With our whole-person approach combining medication management, therapy, life skills training, and more, Bold Steps empowers those with bipolar disorder to find stability, self-understanding, and a meaningful life. You don’t have to face this alone. With the right support, you can gain control over your symptoms, reconnect with yourself and loved ones, and build the fulfilling life you deserve. Contact us at 717.896.1880 today to take that first step.

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