Bipolar disorder "is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe," according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
What is Residential Treatment?
Residential treatment is "a therapeutic intervention processes for individuals who cannot or do not function satisfactorily in their own home environments," as defined by glossary.com.
Not all bipolar patients require residential treatment. Typically, patients experiencing mania, the "up" side of bipolar, make up most of the bipolar population within treatment centers.
Treatment plans, huge components of residential treatment, are a set of goals and expectations created by therapists and unique to each patient. A patient will work toward his goals and receive new liberties accordingly.
Also unique to each patient, psychopharmacology, psychotropic medication, is prescribed and evaluated by a team of professionals on a daily basis. This team will quickly discontinue medication if ineffective or troublesome side effects occur.
Another huge component of residential treatment centers is therapy. Both individualized and group therapy are mandated and included in every patient's treatment plan.
According to The Medical News, 5.7 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, 2.6 percent of the population. Treating the disorder remains a challenge for both physicians and therapists. In many cases, residential treatment is necessary.