Discover a Balanced Life with our Bipolar Treatment Programs

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes unusual and sometimes severe shifts in mood and energy levels. According to data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (2001-2003), 2.8% of US adults had bipolar disorder. Although this is a lifetime disorder, symptoms can be managed and you can live a life of fulfillment and joy if you get appropriate treatment.

What is bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterized by a mood swings that shift between manic and depressive episodes. People with this disorder experience dramatic shifts in their mood, energy levels, behaviors, and activities.

The different episodes can last anywhere from a few days to multiple weeks at a time. The severity of the episodes vary, some may exhibit significant symptoms while others generally feel fine although those around them notice a change in their behavior.

There are three types of bipolar disorders:

  • Bipolar I Disorder
  • Bipolar II Disorder
  • Cyclothymic Disorder

It is important to get a proper diagnosis for bipolar disorder sooner rather than later. If treated early, severe episodes of mania or depression may be avoided.

symptoms of bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder involves periods of manic episodes and depressive episodes, so symptoms of bipolar disorder can look significantly different from each other depending on the type of episode that is occurring.

Symptoms of manic episodes may include:

  • Irritability
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Racing thoughts
  • Risky behavior

Symptoms of depressive episodes may include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Slow speech and forgetfulness
  • Increased appetite/ weight gain
  • Little interest in activities
  • Thoughts of suicide

what causes bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is caused by a combination of factors including genetic predisposition and environmental or situational triggers. As much as 80% of the probability of developing bipolar disorder is thought to be genetic. 

While research is ongoing, there is some evidence that bipolar disorder is linked to a variant of the AKAP11 gene.

External risk factors, such as a stressful or traumatic experience, the loss of a loved one, or even a severe illness, can initiate a bipolar episode. Drug and alcohol use can also trigger or worsen bipolar symptoms.

can bipolar disorder get worse without treatment ?

Untreated bipolar disorder is extremely debilitating. For most people with the condition, episodes occur on a cyclical basis. Without treatment, the cycles can become more rapid and intense.

People with untreated bipolar disorder also face hardships in their personal and professional lives. Manic episodes can increase impulsivity, risk-taking, and harmful decision-making. This can impede their ability to hold a job or even land them in legal trouble.

Severe manic episodes can trigger auditory or visual hallucinations and psychotic episodes. It is not uncommon for these symptoms to lead to dangerous behaviors. Depressive states can increase the risk of suicidal ideation and self-harm. In some cases, people in a manic or depressive state may need to be hospitalized for their own safety or the safety of others.

What are the benefits of
receiving treatment for bipolar disorder in Hawaii?

Due to its lush landscapes and tropical weather, Hawaii is home to numerous luxury bipolar disorder facilities. The Ohana, one of the most prestigious providers of bipolar treatment in Hawaii, is located on the Big Island.


The stunning surroundings are an intricate part of our treatment approach. In addition to delivering evidence-based therapies and medication for addiction and bipolar disorder, our dedicated and highly-specialized staff also lead an array of holistic, wellness-promoting therapies.


We incorporate outdoor adventure therapy, equine and dolphin therapy, and mindfulness meditation practices into our residential and outpatient programs. These therapies help our clients reconnect with themselves in mind, body, and spirit and improve their chances of maintaining a long-lasting recovery.

Effective Bipolar Treatment in Hawaii at The Ohana Rehab Center

Treatment for bipolar disorders often involves a combination of psychotherapy with medication.

There are various medications available on the market today, so if the first medication you try isn’t helpful you can rest assured knowing you have other options.

At The Ohana, our on staff medical team can help you find the medication that best suits your needs while you try out various forms of psychotherapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a specific form of psychotherapy that has been shown to help individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

By helping break thought patterns that can lead to an episode, CBT can reduce the number of episodes one has and the symptoms associated with the episodes if one is to occur.

Meditation and Mindfulness Practices

Additionally, meditation and mindfulness practices can also help individuals become more aware when thought patterns are indicating the onset of an episode. 

By increasing awareness, mindfulness can helping prevent the episode or reduce symptoms associated with it.

Although the diagnosis of bipolar disorder indicates a lifelong illness, if treated appropriately, one can still live a normal life by managing symptoms and reducing the onset of mood swings.

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