Treatment for bipolar disorder

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health condition distinguished by moods that swing from extreme highs to depressed lows.

Approximately 2% of Australians are affected by bipolar disorder during their lives. It can be caused by stressful life events, genetics, drugs and abnormal levels of brain chemicals.

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Treatment programs for bipolar disorder

Our facilities at Wesley Hospital Ashfield and Kogarah offer two types of treatment programs that are designed to treat bipolar disorder:

  1. inpatient care
  2. day patient programs.

Inpatient care involves staying in the hospital for a period of time to receive focused 24-hour care. This may be the appropriate treatment for you when experiencing your depressed and manic phases of bipolar disorder.

Our inpatient program includes:

  • psychological therapies where you will be in the care of a psychiatrist who may prescribe medication
  • therapy group program to help you understand bipolar disorder as an illness and provide ways to manage the symptoms
  • strategies to deal with the aspects of your life which exacerbate your bipolar disorder.

During your inpatient treatment, additional sessions with a clinical psychologist are available on request.

Day patient programs offer you treatment and support if you don’t require the focused care that our inpatient treatment program offers. It is also an effective way to continue treatment after returning to your everyday life once your inpatient treatment is complete. Our day patient programs include:

  • evidence-based treatment approach to help regulate your mood and increase effective daily functioning
  • short sessions which address your personal needs

Our caring staff members will work with you during admission to determine the appropriate treatment plan for you.

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