Bipolar disorder can significantly impact teens’ ability to concentrate, sleep, and function normally. It makes it difficult – if not impossible – to enjoy normal activities, essentially robbing them of joy. If left untreated, it can cause academic problems, lead to substance abuse, interfere with relationships, and hinder setting and reaching goals.
Although “bipolar disorder” is often used as a catch-all phrase, it actually includes four distinct disorders. Each one involves some degree or combination of manic, hypomanic (similar to but less intense than mania), and depressive episodes. The different types of bipolar disorder are:
- Bipolar I Disorder – periods of mania and major depression (mania alone is sufficient for a bipolar I diagnosis)
- Bipolar II Disorder – periods of hypomania and major depression
- Cyclothymic Disorder – numerous periods of depressive symptoms and hypomanic symptoms, but no full hypomanic or major depressive episodes
- Bipolar Disorder NOS (not otherwise specified) – this diagnosis occurs when the mood symptoms don’t clearly fit any of the above
Symptoms of mania and depression don’t always look the same in teens as they do in adults. In teens, irritability is more common than elation during mania. A teen may also show a limited need for sleep, often for days on end. A teen experiencing mania may show rapid speech, have racing thoughts, unusually high levels of optimism, grandiosity, and in some cases delusions. During depressive episodes, teens may show irritability, negativity or pessimism, persistent sadness, somatic complaints (headaches, stomachaches), fatigue, and may withdraw from family and friends.
When your teenager suffers from bipolar disorder, all you can think about is how to help them. You want your child to be whole. You want your child to live a happy and fulfilling life. You want what’s best for them – not tomorrow, not next week, but right now. You may have exhausted all your resources.
You’re probably exhausted, yourself.
You’re tired of hearing advice from people who have no idea what you’re going through. Tired of hearing there’s no instruction manual for children. Tired of platitudes like we all do the best we can or we’re all just making it up as we go along.
At Evolve, we don’t make anything up. We know how to help – and we can help right now.
Evolve’s Bipolar Treatment Works
The right care, right now, can make a lifetime of difference.
Evolve Treatment Centers offer the highest caliber of care for adolescents ages 12-17, struggling with depression and other mental health issues. We believe teens thrive when they receive comprehensive professional treatment that addresses their physical, psychological, emotional, and educational development. Our team of experienced, highly qualified, fully licensed clinical and medical professionals specialize in working with teens and we understand their unique needs. Evolve is accredited by CARF and The Joint Commission.
We offer Residential (RTC), Partial Hospitalization (PHP), and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) levels of care. Our evidence-based treatments include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family therapy, and 12-step community support. All clients participate in weekly individual sessions with a primary therapist and psychiatrist.
Our clinical director, Dr. Lauren Kerwin, has more than 20 years of experience with adolescents. She’s developed innovative programs and has the expertise to implement a wide range of effective modes of therapy that give teens the tools to manage uncomfortable emotions, succeed in school, maintain better relationships, improve self-esteem, set healthy goals, make constructive choices, and commit to lifelong positive change. Through individual and group therapy, we teach teens the skills they need for distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and impulse control. Through intensive family therapy, coordination with previous providers, successful aftercare planning and alumni outreach, we help to create a cohesive and sustainable support network. For teens considering help at Evolve, we will ask you to do some hard work and face some challenges as you learn new coping skills. You will apply your developing skills through participation in experiential therapies such as art, equine, music, surf, cooking, boxing, gardening, hiking, meditation, physical fitness, sports, and much more. Our goal is to help you create the foundation to a healthy and productive lifestyle beyond Evolve.
A Positive Step Forward
The decision to place your child in treatment is not easy. You’re probably on an emotional rollercoaster right now, filled with conflicting emotions, unsure of which way to turn. We hope to help your teenager, but we hope to help you, too. We’ll give you tools to work through your feelings as your child works through theirs.
We’ll help your whole family heal and grow. When you enroll your teenager in one of our adolescent mental health treatment programs, the Evolve team becomes your extended family. We’ll be with you through your entire treatment journey.
We know you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t ready for a change.
We’re ready, willing, and able to offer you that change. Call us now to begin the journey back to peace, health, harmony.