Often times, addiction exists concurrently with one or more co-occurring mental health disorders. One of these is bipolar disorder.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health:

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness) is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out daily tasks.

Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, vacillating between mania and depressive episodes, which causes disruption in other areas such as sleep, thinking processes and energy.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Symptoms of mania:

  • Dramatically increased energy
  • Excessive happiness and excitement
  • Feelings of grandeur and/or invincibility
  • Restlessness and/or fidgeting
  • Rapid speech patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Dramatically increased sex drive
  • Poor impulse control
  • Poor judgment

Symptoms of depressive episodes:

  • Intense feelings of sadness
  • Intense feelings of hopelessness
  • Severely decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty finding enjoyment in activities
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Change in eating habits, resulting in weight gain or loss
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Thoughts of suicide


How does West Coast Rehab treat bipolar disorder?

Here are West Coast Rehab, our highly skilled staff is trained in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and we specialize in Dual Diagnosis treatment.

Upon admission, you will do a full clinical assessment with our medical staff to determine the best course of treatment. They will then design an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs. Your clinical team will include a psychiatrist, primary therapist, adjunct therapists and additional team members as deemed necessary. Your treatment plan will include full medication management combined with evidence-based treatment programs to help you manage the symptoms of both your bipolar disorder AND addiction.