Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental health condition that affects the mood. People who suffer from bipolar disorder experience alternating highs, known as mania, and lows, known as depression. Both these phases can last for brief periods of time, such as a few hours, or more prolonged, lasting several months.
At Riverview Manor we offer help and treatment to patients with this condition in a beautiful, tranquil as well as safe environment. Our staff are highly trained and professional and our programs combine the latest in proven methods to assist in the management of a number of psychological conditions.
What happens during a manic phase?
Someone experiencing a manic phase is likely to indulge in extreme feelings of happiness, they may also feel hyper creative with a strong urge to take on ambitious tasks. Although it may seem positive, it can lead to impulsive decisions and destructive behaviour that is can be negative to the one suffering from the condition or those around them.
Other symptoms include:
- Talking fast or being overly talkative
- Taking unnecessary risks
- Spending too much money
- Having less boundaries in certain situations
- Not sleeping or eating
In extreme cases people can:
- Feel extremely grandiose – like they have special abilities
- Be overly confident in their day-to-day skills
- They can feel that they can control the weather or that they are some reincarnated being
- Experience psychosis
- They may experiment with risk taking behaviour so they may:
- Drink more
- Take drugs
- Experiment sexually
What is a low or depressive mood like?
The word depressive describes the times when a person with bipolar disorder feels very sad or depressed. Symptoms of this state include:
- A lack of motivation and energy when doing things
- A lack of pleasure and interest in things they previously enjoyed
- Changes in weight
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Sleep less
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Desire for isolation and a decreased desire to interact with people
In extreme cases:
- A person may want to harm themselves or actively start contemplating taking their life
What causes bipolar disorder?
Like with many mental health conditions, it’s not always clear what the causes are, but genetics, extremely stressful life events or circumstances and chemical factors have all been connected to this condition.
What should you do if you have bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a very difficult condition to deal with by oneself, which is why it’s important to seek the right kind of help. If you are concerned that bipolar disorder is interfering with the quality of your life or you are worried about a family member, it’s best to speak to a GP or mental health professional to work out the best course or treatment or find the right kind of support.
Available treatments at Riverview
At Riverview Manor we have a multi-professional staff with the experience and skills to cater to the needs of each and every person that comes through our doors. We focus on the holistic and integrative, and we adapt our programmes to the needs of our patients.
Our experienced staff include psychologists, an occupational therapist, spiritual counsellors, a dietician, consulting psychiatrists, a general practitioner and experienced nursing staff.
How long will treatment take?
Effectively dealing with bipolar disorder is a process that can’t be rushed. Our 21-day treatment programme, is covered by medical schemes, and focuses on providing clients with the life skills and strategies to deal with the challenges they will encounter on the road ahead.
Contact us to find out more about our treatments. We’d be happy to assist any way we can.
How to enrol in the programme
If you wish to contact Riverview Manor regarding an inquiry or wish to enrol in our programme you can get hold of us on 033 710 1911. Or you can fill in your details in the form provided.