Designed for individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder but do not require 24-hour care, bipolar track is an intense therapy program used as a complement to individual bipolar treatment. At Providence, bipolar track programs are used in combination with partial hospitalization to provide individual treatment tracks that cater to each patient’s needs.
Bipolar track combines an educational, psychiatric and therapeutic approach to treatment, with psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and registered nurses providing exceptional care. Their contact with patients allows for close monitoring of new medication regimes, side effects and compliance issues.
Programs often begin with group education focused on bipolar-specific issues such as medication education, symptom identification, recognizing early warning signs, crisis interventions for the various mood states and relapse prevention.
After the sessions, patients reintegrate to the program through partial hospitalization, where daily contact with RNs and psychotherapists help them develop new skills to more effectively manage their condition.
The program’s approach to care focuses on helping patients return to a higher level of functioning at work and in their social lives.
Our bipolar treatment programs encourage family involvement. We believe that participation between family, loved ones, patient and caregivers is vital to a patient’s progress. Through bipolar track participation, family members can learn about bipolar disorder, how it affects the entire family and how they can help.
At Providence, bipolar track programs are dedicated to informing patients and their families about psychological conditions. Some topics covered in bipolar track are:
- Basics of bipolar disorder (diagnosis criteria, symptoms, etiology)
- bipolar disorder treatment (medication education, psychotherapy)
- Family education
- Risk factors
- Protective factors/relapse prevention
- Life planning
- Grief issues
- Stress reduction in relationships
- Stress reduction in work situations