Luxury Bipolar Disorder Treatment & Facility in Hawaii

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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.



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.



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:
Symptoms of depressive episodes may include:


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.


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.

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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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.


Hawaii Bipolar Treatment FAQs

Bipolar disorder is believed to be largely hereditary. People with a first-degree relative with bipolar disorder have a higher chance of developing the condition themselves. However, just because a parent has bipolar disorder does not mean that a child does. Multiple factors, including environmental factors and stressful events, play a part in the development of bipolar disorder.

No. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, like major depression and seasonal affective disorder. Many people with personality disorders also have mood disorders, but they are two exclusive diagnoses.


While mood disorders and personality disorders can impact an individual’s quality of life, they do not share the same causes or symptoms. Mood disorders mostly affect an individual’s emotional and mental state. Personality disorders are maladaptive patterns of behavior that differ from social norms and cause difficulties in relationships.

Bipolar disorder affects around 1 to 4% of people. Women are more likely to develop the disorder than men. While the illness can appear later in life, most people experience their first manic or depressive episode before their 25th birthday.

A severe bipolar episode can require intensive treatment, including supervision and medical support. A single hospital stay can cost upwards of $5,000. Bipolar treatment in Hawaii at a dual diagnosis residential rehab program starts at $10,000 for a 30-day stay.

Most insurance companies recognise bipolar disorder as a mental health issue and will cover most treatment costs. Typically covered services include therapy, medication, and residential stays. However, total out-of-pocket costs will depend on the individual’s plan, coverage limits, deductibles, and other factors. The Ohana works with many insurance programs, but contact your provider to learn more about your options.

In order to succeed with sobriety after leaving rehab, clients need a strong and informed support system to rely on. For this reason, every client receiving bipolar treatment in Hawaii at The Ohana follows an individualized treatment plan that includes their closest and most supportive relationships. We facilitate family sessions where attendees learn about their loved one’s diagnosis and how to best support their recovery.

Clients can always communicate and interact with their friends and family members as long as these meetings do not conflict with scheduled treatments or activities. Visitors can also participate in on-site family sessions to be more involved in their loved one’s recovery process.

Prolonged remission is one of the most common indications of improvement in bipolar disorder. Improved remission is characterized by an increase in the length between episodes as well as a reduction in episode and symptom severity. In dual diagnosis, success is also measured through abstinence. Most people maintain sobriety for at least 3 months after completing an inpatient treatment program.