Bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that is characterized by extreme fluctuations in mood, can severely impact the lives of sufferers if treatment is not sought to reduce and minimize the effects of its symptoms. Episodes of mania, or emotional highs, and depression, or emotional lows, occur when someone is battling bipolar disorder. These episodes, which occur in cycles, can ultimately cause an overall decline in a person’s quality of life. Those that do not receive care for this disorder often experience discord among friends and loved ones, have difficulty acquiring and maintaining employment, and may engage in risky behaviors. Additionally, those with untreated bipolar disorder may abuse substances as a way to cope with symptoms or develop suicidal ideations if symptoms of this condition persist. Luckily, there are viable treatment options available that can greatly improve the lives of those who are battling this mental illness.
Shaker Clinic is a premier provider of psychiatric care for adults and seniors who are in need of assistance while facing emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral concerns. Located in Shaker Heights, an eastern suburb of Ohio, Shaker Clinic has been successfully providing outpatient and community-based services for the past 12 years. With a strong emphasis placed on cultural sensitivity, our caring and compassionate staff is multilingual, allowing us to meet the needs of a vast population. With the goal of helping our clients maintain independence, avoid hospitalization, find relief from their symptoms, and maximize their overall quality of life, the staff at Shaker Clinic currently serves over 1,000 clients and provides approximately 120 in-home visits each day. Although we can serve younger adult clients at the discretion of our medical director, the typical patient population treated at Shaker Clinic consists of senior adults, aged 65 and over. By providing comprehensive diagnoses, treatments, and follow-up care, we will help you or your loved one return to daily life with improved coping skills, conflict resolution skills, and a heightened sense of self-worth. At Shaker Clinic, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The symptoms of bipolar disorder can wreak havoc on a person’s life and the lives of loved ones. Because this disorder has the ability to cause such destruction, it is imperative that treatment is implemented so as to prevent insurmountable harm from occurring. As a friend or loved one of a person who is grappling with this mental health condition, it may not be fully known what can be done to help someone with bipolar disorder. Listed are some things that can be done to help a person with this mental health condition seek the care that he or she so desperately needs:
- Learn all that you can about bipolar disorder so that you know what your loved one or family member is going through
- Research options for care that address your loved one’s most pressing concerns and distressing symptoms
- Inform your loved one about the benefits of getting treatment
- Be supportive of your loved one
- Listen to him or her and consider the concerns that he or she may have
- Be open to being part of the therapeutic process
- If it is requested by your loved one or recommended by a mental health professional that you attend family sessions, do it. A strong support network can produce favorable treatment outcomes for your loved one.
- Make sure that you take care of yourself as well; you can do this by relaxing or joining a support group
Remember, healing and recovery do not happen overnight. As a friend or loved one, it is a good idea to encourage the individual in treatment to adhere to treatment recommendations. Doing this and following through on the tips above can ultimately help your loved one achieve the life he or she deserves
Why Consider Treatment at Shaker Clinic
Bipolar disorder is a very treatable mental illness. Those battling this mental health condition can avoid the adverse effects of this disorder by considering treatment. Speaking with a mental health professional about treatment options for bipolar disorder is a beneficial step towards healing. Often times, it is recommended that care needs to be sought in order to help someone effectively overcome the symptoms of this mental health condition.
One appropriate option for care is outpatient treatment. In this type of setting, individuals grappling with bipolar disorder can engage in individual therapy with a trained mental health professional, who can help identify symptoms and offer guidance for how to manage them. Additionally, outpatient settings afford individuals with bipolar disorder the ability to meet with a psychiatrist. This aspect of treatment is often necessary as a psychiatrist can prescribe and monitor medications that can significantly reduce the symptoms of bipolar disorder. The combination of therapy and medication management offered in outpatient care can drastically improve the lives of those suffering from this mental illness and set the stage for a healthy, happy life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to being an ever-improving care facility, consistently redefining the way that mental health care is delivered and received. Our mission is to set ourselves apart from our competitors by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients, while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We will continue to be a leader in developing and maintaining distinct, effective mental health disease management through partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, as well as through the application of technology and, most importantly, through the extension of our services from our treatment center to the home. At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to improving the lives of each and every person who entrusts us with his or her care.
Types of Treatment Offered at Shaker Clinic
The staff at Shaker Clinic strives to provide top-of-the-line, quality outpatient and in-home mental health services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual that we treat. We recognize that each patient that we see has unique needs that must be explored and will be addressed throughout the development of one’s individualized service plan (ISP). The ISP is a written agreement between Shaker Clinic and the patient that describes, in detail, all of the services that will be provided. The implementation of the ISP allows for a collaborative process to occur between the patient and provider through the involvement of monitoring and evaluating goals, objectives, and interventions, while also showing the progress of treatment as issues are identified and treated. Additionally, the ISP assures continual communication between the patient and provider, while also encouraging each patient to take personal responsibility for obtaining his or her own treatment goals.
In order to provide the most comprehensive care available, Shaker Clinic offers the following services:
Mental health evaluation: In order to ensure that each and every need is addressed and met, a thorough clinical evaluation is provided for each patient in order to assess the individual’s needs, concerns, and present level of functioning. Based on the results of this evaluation, the appropriate services and treatment recommendations will be determined and presented to the patient. The recommendations will be based on the identification of the presenting problem, the evaluation of one’s mental status, and the formulation of a diagnostic impression.
Medication management: As part of our goal to guarantee the improved functioning of our patients, as well as to ensure the successful, consistent management and reduction of symptoms, we provide ongoing medication management to all patients who need it. This service provides psychiatric and medical interventions that are implemented in order to reduce, stabilize, and/or eliminate the symptoms that patients are plagued by as a result of their psychiatric struggles.
Behavioral health counseling and therapy: This component of treatment focuses on directly addressing the patient’s mental illness or emotional disturbance. These sessions primarily occur one-on-one between a patient and therapist, however, family members or guardians may be included when specified as part of the patient’s individualized service plan. These counseling services consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions that work towards the attainment of mutually defined goals.
Community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST): The intent of CPST is to provide specific, measurable, and individualized services to each patient. In order to do so, we focus specifically on our patients’ abilities to succeed in the community by assisting individuals in identifying and accessing needed services, guiding them as they show improvement in work functioning and family relationships, and aiding them as they integrate back into the community and become contributing members of society.
At Shaker Clinic, we take great strides to ensure that each and every patient is provided with thorough, intensive case management so as to guarantee that all needs are consistently and properly being met throughout the course of treatment. Our staff will work with you until your needs have been addressed, your concerns have subsided, your symptoms are managed, and your treatment goals have been met. We will collaborate with other agencies when your time with us is complete if a different type or level of care is needed. Additionally, we will make sure that, in cases where it is necessary, appropriate placement is set up following treatment completion (e.g. nursing home or group home placement). Whatever your continuing needs may be, the staff at Shaker Clinic will do everything in our power to make sure that you are comfortable with the next step in your journey.