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Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

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We Effectively Treat Dual Diagnosis

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Dual Diagnosis & Treatment

Dual Diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders) is defined as someone who suffers from mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.) and substance use disorder (like drug or alcohol dependency) at the same time. These two separate diagnoses come with their unique battles that demand diligence on their own. When they wage war together and occur at the same time, they create a more complex set of problems and issues because they may mask as one or the other and not as a hybrid and distinct result of each. This frequently leads to misdiagnosis and improper treatment because each is often identified and treated individually and not recognized as working together in concert as well as combat. The back-and-forth game between these two conflicting afflictions creates a vicious cycle of misdiagnosis where inadequate and ineffectual treatment can lead to a long road of frustration. As a whole, together, Dual Diagnosis reveals an entirely different landscape consisting of multiple layers that require skilled understanding and a finely tuned, integrated treatment approach to achieve balanced, effective results.

For example, while depression and substance use disorder present individual challenges for stand-alone treatment, they often go unnoticed together as being a single yet combined-unit illness that can and must be treated as one. These delays exacerbate the cycle and magnify the individual issues, thereby causing the collective whole to be unrecognized. As it continues to fly under the radar and go untreated, the cycle continues. Clinicians who treat these issues separately waste valuable time when they overlook or miss this elusive target. Dual Diagnosis must be treated as a whole puzzle and not as two isolated or independent pieces.

We’ve been treating dual diagnosis for twenty years.

There is no hard, fast rule as to whether a mental illness like depression leads to substance misuse or if substance use disorder leads to mental illness to trigger Dual Diagnosis. Co-occurring disorders are intertwined and require a highly trained professional who knows how to properly diagnose this condition. It also demands an equally qualified clinician to treat it successfully. With the sharp rise in cases of Dual Diagnosis and the prevalence of it showing no signs of abating, Dual Diagnosis is recognized as a significant issue in the world of addiction and mental health treatment, but it is still in its infancy when it comes to being understood and addressed. 1 Method has been at the forefront in diagnosis and treatment for co-occurring disorders. Our treatment approach is so highly specialized that we’ve been heralded as the leading licensed dual diagnosis treatment center and privately-held therapeutic environment in Southern California. We know how to help you achieve a full recovery so you can lead a productive, fulfilling life.

We recognized early (two decades ago) that Dual Diagnosis is not only very specific but specific to each individual. We know that your life depends on the best treatment outcome possible. Using an integrative clinical model we customize individually tailored plans to help turn lives around. With the correct diagnosis and proper treatment, you can move forward. We don’t stand still and neither should you. Learn more about the 1 Method Difference.

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Treatment for Eating Disorders

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We Effectively Treat Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders and Treatment

In a world that glamorizes unrealistic standards and images of lean, athletic, perfectly toned bodies, it’s easy to forget that most of them are the result of excessive airbrushing and some mad Photoshop skills. While the media insists on repeatedly foisting these manipulated images of unattainable perfection on an already-manipulated public, the damage to the psyches and emotional health of people has been going on for years. It’s evidenced by every new diet and fitness craze that guarantees all sorts of improbable results that are as impossible to achieve, as they are to maintain. As a public, we are almost as driven as we are directed to meet these unrealistic expectations in a quest to fit in and look good. We are self-obsessed, self-consumed consumers willing to try almost any meal, shake, supplement or routine to reach an ideal of perfection that does not exist because that idea is purely an invention rooted in marketing and motivated by sales. What are we left with? Low self-esteem, food phobias, screwed up metabolisms, body shaming, and eating disorders.

If it’s not perfectly clear, eating disorders are eating away at Americans at an alarming level and they have serious, life-threatening consequences that threaten physical, emotional, medical and psychological harm. An eating disorder in action is not simply a test of willpower. It is a disease that poses health and medical problems that result from depleted nutrition as well as psychological effects that challenge self-esteem and personal relationships. Left untreated, eating disorders are not only dangerous but are also potentially fatal. They can cause a multitude of medical and physical problems along with serious mental health issues.

Eating disorders affect all ages, ethnicities/races, and backgrounds. Although women and girls are more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder, it affects boys, men and gender non-conforming individuals as well. It can begin at any time in life but typically starts in adolescence or young adulthood. There is no single cause for eating disorders but elements including psychological, biological, and behavioral factors, as well as genetics, and social influences have been shown to contribute to its manifestation. Most experts agree that eating disorders are about coping with painful emotions or overwhelming feelings and that people who feel helpless in their ability to control them deliberately and precisely assume control over something that they do – namely the intake of food.

Signs of an Eating Disorder

Signs or symptoms of eating disorders often include belief that one is ‘fat’; excessive talk about food/diet, weight management, and calories; struggling to maintain a healthy weight; a warped view of one’s body image (preoccupation with every detail and perceiving even the smallest flaw as major or ugly when it is unnoticeable to others); obsessing over clothing size or the number on the scale; restricted eating or refusal to eat for fear of gaining weight; exercising to the point of exhaustion to burn fat and/or get rid of unwanted calories.

Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

The most lethal of eating disorders is anorexia nervosa, a deadly disease where people deny themselves food to the point of starvation. Those who suffer from anorexia restrict their eating, practice extreme rituals, over-exercise, judge the weight of others, take prescription or over-the-counter medications to reduce hunger, curb appetite and increase metabolism. As the weight continues to drop and the disease accelerates, the obsessive nature of it perpetuates further weight loss that can cause personality changes and mood swings. It is extremely hard on the body (and the teeth and the mind). Left untreated, anorexia increases the chance of death six-fold.

Treatment for Bulimia

Bulimia involves binge eating followed by purging (vomiting) or the taking of laxatives to expel all the food as quickly as possible. It may also include excessive exercise to hasten the ridding of calories. Cyclical in nature, bulimics can eat and purge daily or a few times a week to control weight gain and the feelings of guilt for overindulging. The physical effects of bulimia and anorexia are different but both do tremendous damage to the body. Additionally, some individuals live with both anorexia and bulimia but maintain a weight that is normal (appropriate for their height and body type). This may make diagnosis a little harder as the person who struggles with both eating disorders appears to look normal.

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by cycles of eating large portions of food at a single time (as many as 5,000 to 15,000 calories in a single sitting) and feeling shame, disgust or guilt for those actions. These eating events may be preceded by periods of strict dieting and restricted calorie intake that fall to the wayside and result in the feeling of loss of control. Also cyclical in nature, those who suffer from binge eating disorder are more likely to be overweight or obese and struggle with medical issues like diabetes (Type II), heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, among others.  There is no purging involved and some who suffer from BED may be of normal weight. Binge eating is often done while alone due to boredom or depression.

What all these eating disorders share in common is the issue of control. The psychological and physical damage that is caused by each of them cannot be overstated. It is not uncommon for those with eating disorders to also suffer from depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse or Dual Diagnosis (also known as co-occurring disorder).

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). “Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice. They are biologically-influenced medical illnesses.”

The upside is that eating disorders can be treated.

Treatment for eating disorders requires proper diagnoses to facilitate proper treatment. Personal and family therapy along with support groups and nutritional counseling is as important as understanding what triggers are involved in your particular eating disorder and having a healthy approach to eating accompanied by a sensible fitness plan. Therapies that work best are rooted in individual care that uses an integrated model. At 1 Method, we believe there is no “one size fits all model” for treatment of any kind and our approach is to work individually, 1-on-1 to create a program that is unique to your needs and objectives and focuses on YOU.

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Treatment for OCD

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We Effectively Treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Treatment

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) afflicts a relatively small percentage of the population by comparison to other diseases but its effects can be devastating. We may think of people with OCD as people who compulsively wash their hands, return home to make sure the oven is turned off or the door is locked, or those who arrange items in a particular order (and rearrange and rearrange them again) by color or size, count steps, or having a strong aversion to germs. While these behaviors certainly comprise some of the traits that are found in people with OCD, there are many more and they are ritualistic in nature to such a degree that they can be all-intrusive and interfere with life, work, school and relationships. Often portrayed in Hollywood as a quirky behavior to be amused by, tolerated or utilized as a means to a punch line, the obsessions for those who suffer from them are no laughing matter. They can be symptoms of a form of mental illness that requires attention and therapy. Left unaddressed, OCD symptoms and behaviors can wreak havoc on the afflicted because of the amount of time they demand to be satisfied until the call to ritual takes over once more.

Signs and Symptoms of OCD

Although symptoms generally first appear in children between the ages of 8 and 12, they can also arrive in later adolescence/young adulthood and approximately 2-3 million American adults live with OCD according to the International OCD Foundation. Even though this number is statistically low by comparison to other forms of mental illness, the damage it causes can be significant because of the impact it has on one’s ability to function fluidly throughout the day. People with OCD may suffer from a higher rate of drug and alcohol addiction and this can further complicate the disorder and create more severe obsessions or cause self-destructive behavior that may require hospitalization. No longer classified as an anxiety disorder, OCD is now placed in a separate category with other disorders that are manifested by obsessive fears or involve repetitive behaviors. The inability to act on those obsessions or behaviors can create anxiety and cause intrusive fear to take over the thought process.

What Causes OCD?

The exact causes of OCD and its origins remain unknown, but neurochemistry plays a part. Imbalances in serotonin and vasopressin as well as structural abnormalities in part of the brain may be part of the equation. OCD may be hereditary and tends to run in families; there is an increased risk of developing this condition by virtue of bloodline. Additional theories of how OCD is contracted have included exposure to environmental toxins and childhood illness, yet none has been scientifically proven or dismissed. As such, experts do agree that all or some of these factors may contribute to its manifestation.

While OCD on its own presents challenges for treatment (that includes a combination of behavior modification, individual and family therapy/counseling, support groups and psychiatric medications), if addiction is present, treatment protocols must address these co-occurring disorders to effectively treat what is now a Dual Diagnosis.

To learn more about Dual Diagnosis and how it is diagnosed and treated, start here. 1 Method is a leading treatment center that focuses on the individual and not just the disease. We create individualized, one-on-one treatment plans that work with you for YOU.

A Tailor-Made OCD Treatment Plan

1 Method Center offers only tailor-made treatment (no cookie cutter programs) in a calm, intimate, therapeutic setting that boasts unsurpassed amenities. We offer both inpatient and outpatient programs for OCD. From our diverse range of 1-on-1 strategies and customized treatment approach to our superb, caring staff, your program will be unique, just like you. No two days, no two patients and no two OCD treatment protocols are alike. You will see and feel the difference the moment you become a part of our family and find yourself being treated like a person and not like a number. You matter.

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Treatment for Anxiety

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We Effectively Treat Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Anxiety disorders are a very real thing. Just ask someone who has one. While most of us experience some form of anxiety at one time or another (like waiting for a test result, driving through severe weather or the first day at a new school or job), people who suffer from severe anxiety do not face those situations the same way as healthier people do by responding with normal, healthy reactions. They often work themselves up and imagine the absolute worst-case (and often impossible) scenario multiplied many times over. The palpable and sometimes physical symptoms may not be visible to an observer, but it inhibits the person who suffers from anxiety from taking any action because the imagined outcomes take over the critical thinking process and almost paralyzes them from moving beyond their all-consuming fears.

Signs of an Anxiety Disorder

Characterized by persistent fears that are often unfounded, anxiety can make even the simplest tasks appear insurmountable (answering a phone call, responding to a text; finishing a work assignment or simply saying, “hello’) and interfere with social activities, work and personal relationships (including, but not limited to friends, family, and significant others). The symptoms can wreak physical and psychology havoc and require a multidisciplinary if not an integrative approach to treatment.

Those who suffer from anxiety disorders often self-medicate with alcohol or drugs to cope with their myriad ruminations, invasive, negative thoughts or feelings of doom. But alcohol and drugs are temporary fixes and the false sense of relief can lead to a cycle of usage and dependency in an effort to stave off the thoughts and feelings that consume the individual’s life. When fear is diminished, so too are inhibitions, which can cause impaired judgment and risky behavior that can lead to substance misuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, (National Institute on Drug Abuse) individuals with anxiety are twice as prone to suffer from substance misuse as the population in general. Anxiety is a very real problem that can (and should) be treated.

Common Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are several types of anxiety disorders that take over people and control much of their lives. From a looming, distant sense of non-specific dread to an all-consuming fear, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by constant worries over numerous situations, scenarios or topics that are neither connected to one another nor founded in reality. The fear is gripping and powerful and much greater than the ideas in which it is rooted.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a common form of anxiety that affects nearly 15 million people according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. People with this disorder (which is also referred to as social phobia) are fearful of crowded places, speaking to an audience, meeting new people or having public interactions. SAD may also be accompanied by other anxiety disorders that include agoraphobia and panic disorders. These reduce social activity considerably as both limit the desire to experience new people, places, and situations and the person who suffers from it feels powerless over the ability to control.

Panic Disorder is distinguished by a sense of uncontrollable terror that may be accompanied by physical symptoms that include rapid heartbeat, dizziness, hyperventilation, sweating, nausea, and vomiting. The actual fear of having one of these ‘attacks’ is directly related to its probable occurrence, as the fear seems to trigger the outcome.

Physical Effects of Anxiety

Because anxiety can cause both physical and visceral reactions, it can have a profound impact on the body. Shortness of breath, trembling, stomach pain, digestive issues, chest pain, choking sensations, and insomnia are other common symptoms. Those who exhibit any of these symptoms most days of the week for six months or more meet the diagnostic criteria for a panic disorder. A person can experience one or several anxiety disorders at a time and may also be diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, as it is not uncommon for an anxiety disorder to be accompanied by another mental health condition.

While it’s easy for someone who doesn’t suffer from an anxiety disorder to wonder why a person who does cannot ‘get a grip’ or ignore the pervasive thoughts, it’s more important for the observer to realize that anxiety can be treated with therapy and, if required, medication. Showing compassion to anxiety sufferers is important and helping them get the help they need to get treated for these treatable conditions is worth the results.

The 1MC Approach to Treating Anxiety Disorders

Mental health wellness is like physical fitness. Each requires dedication and exercise to be achieved. In order to be maintained, they both require vigilance and fine-tuning. Specific anxiety conditions require specific treatment. That said, the most important element of successful treatment is to make sure that each person is treated individually and not as a set of symptoms. Proven treatments such as psychiatric care, targeted medications, 1-on-1 therapy, and neurological protocols are part of the approach at 1 Method Center as well as cutting-edge holistic measures, healthy food, and our renowned health and fitness program.

Mental health is an ongoing work in progress as much as you are. At 1 Method, we are committed to providing the right care in the right way at the right time. You are an individual and not a number. You are not alone. Our peaceful, tranquil environment and acclaimed, supportive staff will be there with you every step of the way.

A Tailor-Made Anxiety Treatment Plan

1 Method Center offers only tailor-made treatment (no cookie cutter programs) in a calm, intimate, therapeutic setting that boasts unsurpassed amenities. From our diverse range of 1-on-1 strategies and customized treatment approach to our superb, caring staff, your program will be unique, just like you. No two days, no two patients and no two anxiety treatment protocols are alike. You will see and feel the difference the moment you become a part of our family and find yourself being treated like a person and not like a number. You matter.

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Treatment for Depression

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We Effectively Treat Depressive Disorders

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Depression. You hear about it. You read about it. You may know someone who has struggled with it in the past or is living with it in the present. That person might be someone in your family or inner circle. That person might be you. You are not alone. While it is completely normal to have episodes of grief and sorrow (losing a loved one, going through a breakup or a divorce), depressive disorders have roots that run much deeper and become obstacles to living life fully. Depression and its associated disorders are not the occasional, normal bump in the road of life.

Depression is a disorder that can cause continued overwhelming sadness, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in things that once brought pleasure, reduced appetite, and decreased or low energy. It makes even the simplest tasks challenging; it can cast a dark shadow and sense of heaviness or doom around your everyday life and seemingly swallow you whole. While it is completely normal (and human!) to experience sadness and grief in our lifetimes, pervasive depression that inhibits your ability to function clearly is not. It can be triggered by hormonal changes (postpartum), stress, major life setbacks, trauma, chemical imbalance (brain chemistry, inherited genetic predisposition), or as the bi-product of or cause for substance misuse). Depression of any kind is a condition that requires attention. More importantly, it is something that can and should be treated.

Cited as one of the most common mental health disorders in the US, depression is indiscriminate when it comes to its targets. It affects people of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and genders. It can strike suddenly or quietly creep up on you. While the onset/diagnosis of depression tends to occur in early adulthood, it can be experienced at any age and be ongoing or recurring. Left untreated, it can worsen and have adverse effects on your life, work, and relationships, self-esteem, sense of purpose and pose serious long-term health risks (obesity, diabetes, pain) and consequences, including self-harm.

Depression is treatable.

The many forms of depression include Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), among others. Any one of these (or any other form of Depression) combined with a substance misuse disorder is classified and diagnosed as a Co-Occurring Disorder or Dual Diagnosis. In the field of addiction, it is crucial to have a proper professional diagnosis so that treatment protocols are put in place to address the complex variables that are specific to Dual Diagnosis, which is treated entirely differently than an isolated diagnosis of depression or substance misuse. A family history of depression, suicide, alcohol abuse (or other substance), bipolar or other mental health issues may increase the chance of depression as well as the propensity for substance misuse, which may then lead to a Dual Diagnosis.

No longer stigmatized, mental health and depressive disorders are now treated proactively. Because depression can affect brain chemistry, it is generally treated with a combination of medicine and therapies. A mental health specialist will determine the diagnosis and, depending on the type of depression, long-term (and even lifetime) medication may be necessary to keep the brain chemically balanced. Lifestyle changes (such as exercise and improved diet) are also highly encouraged to benefit mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Speaking with a trusted therapist to work through feelings and emotions is an equally important component to mental health and is particularly effective when navigating the road to wellness.

There are numerous resources available (Depression information) that go into greater detail about the various forms of depression, their symptoms, and treatments. Our focus here will be on the following: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Depression with Addiction (Co-Occurring/Dual Diagnosis), and DDNOS (Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) because of their prevalence within the substance misuse community at large.

Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is also referred to as depression or clinical depression. It has a profound impact on the quality of life because it affects so many aspects of it. It can be responsible for too much (or not enough) eating or sleep, a paralytic inability to function normally at work or deal with family dynamics and relationships, and can cause tremendous withdrawal, subdued behavior, pessimism, and general lethargy. Loss of focus and lack of interest in almost any activity is not uncommon among those who suffer from its debilitating effects. It is a mental health disorder and, contrary to popular (old) belief, it’s not something one can “just snap out of”.

The causes of MDD can be episodic (trauma, dramatic life event) or predisposed (family history). The risk of symptoms surfacing may even result from prescribed medications. Regardless of why one exhibits it, for a clinical diagnosis of MDD to be made, the individual must experience at least five of the following symptoms in a two-week (14-day) period and at least one of them must include a depressed mood or reduced pleasure/interest:

  • Changes in sleep (too much or too little)
  • Depressed mood (in children, adolescents, and young adults this may manifest in persistent irritability)
  • General lethargy (lack of energy)
  • Unintentional, significant weight loss or gain, increased or decreased appetite
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate/excessive guilt
  • Difficulty making decisions or concentrating/focusing
  • Decreased interest in most or all activities or inability to feel pleasure in most/all activities (anhedonia).
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide or death and/or suicide attempts/plans
  • Impaired psychomotor skills/coordination (Learn more)

The leading cause of disability in Americans between the ages of 15-44 is Depression. According to a 2017 survey, more than 17 million individuals (adults) reported experiencing at least one major episode of depression in the previous year alone. One-sixth of the U.S. population will experience some form of depression in their lives, according to the American Psychiatric Association and the incidence in women is historically higher than in men. While men will exhibit symptoms that are externalized (in the form of substance abuse or reckless behavior), women tend to internalize feelings of sadness or guilt.

MDD is treated with various forms of therapy that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and/or Personal Therapy as well as medication and lifestyle changes. At 1 Method, we are on the cutting edge of treatment and our approach to it is 1-on-1 ). We don’t treat diseases, disorders or illnesses. We treat individuals who happen to have them. Learn more about our treatment approach here.

Depression and Addiction

A depressive disorder like MDD often goes hand in hand with Substance Misuse (or SUD – Substance Use Disorder). Whether it’s anxiety and alcohol abuse or a mood disorder and drugs, when the two happen one after the other (or as the result of one another), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines this as a comorbidity in individuals. The heavy use of alcohol or opioids has been associated with severe depression and the vicious circle of feeling one and feeding the other leads to more severe depression. The combination of an individual with mental illness who is simultaneously using drugs and/or alcohol to combat the effects of the first problem results in what is known as a Co-occurring Disorder (or Dual Diagnosis).

The most effective tool for results-oriented treatment is Integrative Care. It includes psychiatry, behavioral therapy, holistic treatments, and medication (if necessary) and is essential for a successful outcome. Having a multidisciplinary team that treats all your conditions at the same time is one of the many things that sets 1 Method Center apart from other treatment centers. A personalized treatment plan that is designed and developed specifically for you will deliver the results you need to thrive in your own life so treatment can be a part of your past and not your future. We believe that individual problems need to be treated in individual ways. Working together with you 1-on-1, we help you find your way back to your future. Learn about the 1 Method difference here.

Depression in all its forms is treatable yet many people still fail to seek help. If you are feeling depressed, help is within reach. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 911.

Additional Resources:

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness features listings of local programs and support groups as well as a helpline.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator allows users to search for treatment options in their area. SAMHSA also has a 24-hour helpline to provide treatment referrals and information about mental health and substance use disorders at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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Bipolar Treatment

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Bipolar Disorder and Treatment at 1 Method

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Bipolar Disorder is a form of mental illness that is identified by extreme fluctuations of mood and energy levels that affect cognitive function and induces changes in emotional states. It impacts behavior, judgment, and the ability to think clearly, and causes severe psychological instability. Unlike the normal ups and downs that most people go through in life, people with bipolar disorder experience high and low moods (referred to as mania and depression) that cause dramatic mood swings and emotional stability.

Depending on the type of bipolar and the essence of the episodes, these seismic shifts from a state of depression to a manic high can operate like a runaway rollercoaster that has no driver or tracks and can span over days or weeks (or even longer), leaving a lot of collateral damage in its wake. It wreaks havoc on personal relationships as well as job performance or employment solidity. The symptoms and the conflicts that result from bipolar and its harmful effects impact the overall quality of life. If left untreated, bipolar disorder gets worse and increases the risk of suicide.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorders

With its broad range of different symptoms that can fluctuate in severity over intervals of time, bipolar disorder is a complex illness in its various stages of activity. While distinct states of depression and mania are hallmarks of bipolar disorder, one can go for long periods (even years) without exhibiting any of them. But these extremes can also manifest all at once or in rapid succession. In severe cases of bipolar, occurrences of mania or depression may also feature dangerous delusions or hallucinations that are reflective of the person’s mood in its extreme. One must exhibit or have experienced at least one episode of mania or hypomania (a milder form of mania that does not include psychosis like the aforementioned delusions/hallucinations) to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Some people may experience numerous episodes of mania or hypomania throughout their lives while others will have them less frequently or only on rare occasions. People with hypomania (the less severe form) are capable of being fully functional at work, privately or in social settings but during periods of mania, they may not fully comprehend the negative impact or consequences of their behavior and actions. Regardless of the type of bipolar disorder or its severity, proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial to managing this illness.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

Several contributing factors may give rise to bipolar disorder but scientists have yet to discover a single cause. There is an increased chance of developing bipolar disorder if there is a family history but one cannot conclude that they will or won’t develop the disorder by its presence or absence. Genetics may be a potential indicator but they alone are not absolute. Brain structure (or what is commonly spoken of as ‘brain wiring’) may also play a role. Scientific research has been able to determine subtle differences between brain scans of people with bipolar disorder from those without it but there is no definitive machine or test that can determine or diagnose bipolar disorder. It can only be diagnosed by a mental health professional and must meet specific criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for the type of bipolar to be determined.

The term bipolar was coined to describe the fluctuation between the two polar opposites (extremes) that are represented by depression and manic behavior. Once characterized as a specific type of mood disorder, for many years, it was classified with depression and mania under the same category. Research has shown that bipolar may be more representational of a viaduct that spans between depression and psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. As such, the American Psychiatric Association (ASA) has separated bipolar from depression and placed it in an isolated category that is no longer considered to be or listed as a mood disorder.

Bipolar disorder is an illness that can be treated as well as managed.

Treatments for Bipolar and Dual Diagnosis

Psychotherapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, individual and family-focused therapy) is an important part of treatment protocol because it works with the individual to address behavioral issues and help change behaviors that are impacting the afflicted as well as those who are affected by them (family, significant others, friends, and co-workers, etc.). Psychotherapy helps the person with bipolar disorder better understand the impact that their illness has on themselves as well as others and encourages honest reflection and dialogue.

Medications may be prescribed and include mood stabilizers (to balance the extremes), antipsychotics to lower the conversion from mania to depression, and, if needed, antidepressants to improve overall outlook and relieve a sense of darkness. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle have shown to make a significant contribution to balancing the effects of bipolar disorder and are strongly encouraged for mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Bipolar disorder is often associated with related mental health issues like anxiety and depression, among others. Co-occurring disorders (also known as Dual Diagnosis) require an integrative approach that is best achieved with Integrated Care. 1 Method Center is a leading treatment center for treating Dual Diagnosis with one of the highest success rates in the country. With our unique, three-fold approach that includes a carefully customized, tailor-made plan using evidence-based services that are specific to you and your individual needs, we create programs that are as unique to you as you are to the world.  Learn about the 1 Method Difference here.

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Fibromyalgia Treatment

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Fibromyalgia and Treatment Methods

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Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder that causes widespread, agonizing discomfort and tenderness, chronic fatigue, muscle stiffness and/or spasms, numbness or tingling sensations to extremities, hypersensitivity to touch or pressure, and a host of other symptoms that affect the tissue and muscles. It can be physically, psychologically and emotionally debilitating. In spite of popular belief and general misunderstanding, fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis. Although it is classified as a rheumatic disease, it is very different than arthritis, as it does not result in joint inflammation or damage. As yet, fibromyalgia has no identifiable cause.

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Diagnosis is determined by 18 trigger points on the patient’s body that are evaluated and assessed by a physician for pain. Unfortunately, those who suffer from fibromyalgia often present with other symptoms that are similar to mental health disorders like depression, trauma or stress-related issues, anxiety, lack of motivation and other indications that point to psychological wellness. Symptoms may be present for extended periods and then mysteriously disappear for weeks or months. Attention-related issues, learning ability, and memory may be affected. Various risk factors associated with the development of fibromyalgia (abuse history, stress) mirror the development of mental health disorders, making diagnosis tricky. There is continued discourse surrounding the broad variety of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and the possibility that some of them may be psychosomatic. As a result, someone diagnosed with fibromyalgia may receive a co-occurring disorder diagnosis. Women sufferers outnumber men by a ratio of 7:1.

Solving the Fibromyalgia Paradigm

Currently, there is no known cure for fibromyalgia. Management of the many symptoms (and potential associative disorders) is key. Physical therapy and exercise, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – a form of psychotherapy) and medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or anti-depressants are a recommended part of the protocol triad to effectively manage the physical, emotional and mental pain of this disorder creates. Additionally, therapies like acupuncture, ultrasound, electric nerve stimulation, and music or art therapy have been introduced to improve the symptoms and outlook of those afflicted. A holistic and clinical approach is part of the treatment protocol we provide at 1 Method Center because we know that together, they work.

Specialized Care for Fibromyalgia at 1 Method

1 Method specializes in treating clients from the inside out. We tailor treatment for the individual, not for the label of the disease. We employ cutting edge techniques and therapies to break through the noise that is left behind by old-school standard treatments that don’t work with the individual. You may be one of many who suffer from fibromyalgia, dual diagnosis, addiction, or other diseases but there is only one of you. We work with you one-on-one to help you find your way back to who you are meant to be. Take the first steps. Learn more about why people choose us for treatment.

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Treatment for Sleep Disorders

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We Effectively Treat Sleep Disorders

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Sleep disorders affect millions of people in different ways across all socio-economic sectors and age groups. Whether it is a lack of it or too much, continuous sleep disruption or unnaturally long sleep will wreak havoc on the body and the mind and have an impact on quality of life, work and relationships. Ongoing sleep disorders create unnatural rhythms that make it difficult to adjust or revert to a normal, healthy cycle of sleep. Much of the nation is sleep-deprived as it is – from overwork, long hours, childrearing, caregiving, or the lure of the endless available content on electronic devices that keep us up at night, sometimes all night long. The endless lure of games, apps, social media or streaming keeps people glued to their phones and tablets when sleep remains elusive or impossible. This creates other issues (social media addiction and overstimulation) that fuel an already difficult situation. Catching up on sleep is an idea if not a myth. Oversleeping doesn’t solve the problem. We are collectively exhausted.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the lack of sleep in America is a health epidemic. An average, healthy adult requires between seven and nine hours of sleep. The reality is that 30% of Americans regularly sleep less than six hours a night. Of high school students, that same percentage gets eight hours of a sleep on a school night. Essentially, at least one third of our population is sleep-deprived. They are operating machinery and vehicles, are in school learning, or making decisions that affect or change lives. They are doing it under the influence of exhaustion.

More than one third of Americans rate their quality of sleep as “poor” or barely “fair”. The American Psychiatric Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans suffer from or meet the criteria for some type of sleep disorder. Long-term sleep deprivation or disrupted sleep is unhealthy. It can cause everything from reduced mental acuity, problems with thinking, memory and concentration along with moodiness, shortened tempers and decreased attention span, fatigue and depression. Statistical data (from 2013) indicates that 72,000 car crashes and 800 deaths occurred due to drowsy driving. Falling asleep at the wheel is no longer a colloquialism. It is the result of this dangerous truth.

Sleep Disorders Often Lead to Addiction

For those who know that they suffer from sleep disorders, self-medication is often the first choice to try to deal with or ‘cure’ it. People may think alcohol or sleeping pills are the solution, but continued use may end up creating a secondary problem that is equally dangerous: substance misuse. Continued drug or alcohol use coupled with a sleep disorder can potentially cause or lead to a co-occurring disorder (also known as Dual Diagnosis). Learn more about Dual Diagnosis and how we treat it here.

1 Method is a leader in customized care (the most effective approach to treatment). We tailor plans that are specific to your issues and meet your needs. We don’t cut corners or follow a one-size-fits-all model. Our 1-on-1 treatment programs and integrative care model is as unrivaled in quality as you are because we begin with the respect and understanding that there is only one YOU.

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