Manic Depression / Bipolar
Manic depression is a treatable but chronic mental health illness, which is found in about 1% of the population. It often first occurs in the late teens or early twenties. People with manic depression experience periods of depression as described above, as well as periods of mania. During the depressive phase of the illness, people may experience symptoms at a deeper level of emotion than those with other depressive illnesses. It is not uncommon for those affected to report deep, immobilizing despair and suicidal thought and attempts.
Symptoms of Mania:
- Excessive energy, feeling unusual excitement, energy or irritability
- Racing flights of ideas, jumps from one thought to another
- Vigorous denial that anything is wrong
- Pressured speech
- Grandiose thoughts or inflated self-esteem, supreme sense of self-confidence
- High heart rate and irregular breathing
- Alternating decreases and increases of sleep
- Impaired judgment, easily distracted by irrelevant comments or events
- Extreme irritability, or rapid, unpredictable mood changes
- Use alcohol or other drugs to ease the ever-changing moods
- Increased energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts and rapid speech
- Excessive euphoria
- Uncharacteristically poor judgment
- Increased sexual drive
- Denial that anything is wrong
- Psychosis may be present in some individuals
Symptoms of Depression:
- Persistent sad or empty mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities, including sex
- Decreased energy
- Feelings of fatigue
- Difficulty in concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- Change in appetite or weight
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Bipolar I disorder - Individuals have had at least one full manic or mixed mood episode, and may or may not suffer from episodes of depression and psychosis.
Bipolar II disorder - Individuals have at least one depressive episode and at least one hypo manic episode, but never experience a full manic or mixed mood episode. Bipolar II can go unrecognized because the hypo manic symptoms may not appear unusual; psychosis may or may not be present.
Cyclothymic disorder - Individuals have suffered numerous hypo manic and depressive symptoms over at least 2 years that are not severe enough or not long enough in duration to meet the criteria for a mood episode.
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- We know how to manage a crisis. We provide a rapid response to any situation as we can quickly evaluate the problem, stabilize the condition and anticipate a positive outcome.
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- Our client community is diverse and varied. This diversity is reflected in our treatment staff, allowing for healthy therapeutic relationships to develop.
- We understand that other people's feelings are central to emotional well-being. Modeling this philosophy is essential for success. Our treatment programs focus on social awareness - the ability to understand and respond to the needs of others.
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Alumnus, June 2014
All aspects of the program were special. The staff was kind, well trained, professional, and experienced. Treatment was tailored to each person’s needs, complemented by group therapy. My transformation has been wonderful.
Alumnus, March 2013
InnerWisdom provided an approach to treatment that renewed my spirit, mind, and body. I would recommend the program to any of my family and friends. The environment is nurturing for anyone needing an environment for recovery.
Alumnus, Nov 2013
I am very grateful that my treatment was at InnerWisdom, Inc. This place is very special and that is because of the staff and caring environment.
Alumnus, August 2012
Fabulous treatment program! Can’t put into words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to come here.
Alumnus, December 2012
Inner Wisdom has a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) where patients meet in groups with a therapist on a daily schedule. Patients have a variety of mental illness diagnoses, including Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, and substance abuse, which interfere with their ability to live a full and productive life. Students will have the opportunity to shadow therapists, facilitate therapy groups and Psychoeducation groups, meet individually with patients, and understand the case management required by Medicare and private insurance companies. Students work under a variety of therapists and can observe different styles and strengths. A strong team approach is encouraged. Students have the opportunity to get direct experience with patients and to use their skills creatively in offering therapy.
Former Student Intern 2014