The disorder that used to be called Manic Depression can have a menacing and foreboding sound to it. Manic Depression is all but naming the person suffering with the disorder a maniac, part of the reason the name of the mental health disorder was changed. The media has often portrayed bipolar disorder as the kind of mental health disorder that a villain would have. But modern day has seen many actors and artists and musicians come out as suffering with bipolar disorder, and many of them also suffer with some kind of substance abuse disorder. It is vital that detox centers in NJ as well as drug rehab centers in NJ understand how to treat dual diagnosis as bipolar disorder is one of the mental health challenges that is most commonly accompanies drug and alcohol chemical dependency.


Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Someone with bipolar disorder could have a number of different moods they “swing” through at any given time. The person suffering may swing from mania, hypomania, deep depression, or a mixed cycle of moods. As one could imagine the inability to stop from cycling between high energy to almost incapable from physically getting out of bed is disconcerting to say the least. This is likely why so many people who have bipolar disorder do eventually end up developing some type of addiction to drugs or alcohol and eventually need to seek out Alcohol Rehab. NJ is no stranger to mental health disorder and alcohol or drug dependency. According to the most recent Behavioral Health Barometer, ( almost 4% of New Jersey residents have suicidal ideation. The report also shows that New Jersey rivals the United States numbers in heavy alcohol and illicit drug consumption.


Mania Symptoms that come along with a bipolar person’s swinging moods may be:

  • Rapid speech
  • Insomnia
  • Delusions of grandeur
  • Impulsivity
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired judgement


Depressive Episodes may cause the following symptoms:

  • Low energy
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Over or under eating
  • A sense of hopelessness
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Lethargy

Discovery InstituteTreatment for Bipolar Dual Diagnosis is Possible

When someone suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction and a mental health disorder it is labeled as a dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder. When someone is suffering in this way the only course of action is to start with a medical detox and then go to drug or alcohol rehabilitation. Therapy found in an excellent program like at Discovery Institute, will help support the dual diagnosis patient and will help to guide them through to successful sobriety and also will give them some of the tools they need deal with their disorder without resorting to addiction. Call us today to learn more.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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