Affiliate of Zirinsky Mood Disorders Center
Department of Psychiatry
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York NY 10003
The Family Center for Bipolar is proud to announce that starting July 1st 2013 we will be launching a new program called TREAT (Teen Risk-reduction Early-recognition Assessment and Treatment). This new initiative will focus on providing treatment services to children and adolescents who have or are at risk of develping bipolar disorder. Keeping in line with the mission of the Family Center, all treatment services will be family-inclusive.
The Bipolar Specialists™ at the
Bipolar illness is a mood disorder that characteristically involves cycles of "low" mood (depression) and "high" mood (mania). Changes in mood from high to low and back again can be dramatic and rapid. Symptoms of both depressive and manic episodes may be mild or severe, the latter oftentimes leading to impaired functioning.
Depression is the "low pole" in bipolar disorder and can be characterized by several of the following:
Mania is the "high pole" in bipolar disorder, and can manifest itself in several of the following ways:
Usually, depression and mania occur as isolated episodes and do not overlap. However, sometimes the symptoms of depression and mania occur simultaneously, and these are called mixed state episodes.
Mixed states may feel like:
• Depression with symptoms of mania
such as restlessness, insomnia, or irritability
• Mania with symptoms of depression
such as low mood, crying, feeling hopeless
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness, and at present there is no single, uniform treatment. However most people can achieve stabilization of their mood swings and reduction of symptoms with the right combination of medication, therapy, determination, and of course the support of loved ones.
With a uniquely tailored and Family-Inclusive Treatment (FIT) at the Family Center, our patients can go on to reach their dreams, accomplish their goals, and live happy and productive lives.
Led by the Family Center's Bipolar Specialists, FIT encourages and facilitates open family communication about the signs and symptoms of bipolar illness, as well as the treatment process and subsequent care.
Together with therapy and medication management, the Bipolar Specialist works to create a family environment that minimizes, as much as possible, the impact of bipolar disorder on the affected members. In addition to treatment for the patient we also offer treatment for family members, partners, group therapy, and follow-up support when needed.
Our center offers a variety of services, both for patients with bipolar disorder and their loved ones. Please follow the links below for a more detailed description of each one.
Family-Inclusive Treatment delivered by a team of Family Center clinicians.
A one-time consultation for individuals who have or think they may have bipolar disorder and their family member(s)/support person(s).
Consultations for Individual Patients
A one-time consultation for individuals who have or think they have or may have bipolar disorder, but do not wish to bring a family member(s)/support person(s).
Consultations for Family Members
A one-time consultation for family members/support persons with a loved one who has or may have bipolar disorder.
Cannabis Use and Bipolar Spectrum Services for individuals who have or may have bipolar disorder, and who use Cannabis.
Weekly group therapy sessions for both Family Center patients.
Inpatient hospitalization at a Beth Israel Medical Center psychiatric unit and treatment by a Family Center for Bipolar specialist.