Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Acadiana Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Acadiana Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Bipolar Disorder Signs, Effects, Causes & Symptoms

Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of bipolar disorder is an important part of the effort to get treatment for your child. At Acadiana Treatment Center in Sunset, Louisiana, we’re proud to be a source of information and comprehensive care for adolescents who have been struggling with bipolar disorder.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Learn about bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes significant changes in mood, confidence, energy, and related characteristics. Symptoms of bipolar disorder most commonly become apparent among individuals who are in their mid-20s, but children and adolescents can also struggle with this disorder.

The symptomatic fluctuations of bipolar disorder are described as major depressive episodes, manic episodes, and hypomanic episodes:

  • During major depressive episodes, adolescents will experience symptoms such as profound sadness, diminished energy, lack of motivation, and low self-esteem.
  • During manic episodes, adolescents will experience significant increases in mood and energy, increased self-esteem to the point of grandiosity, and heightened motivation.
  • Hypomanic episodes are similar to manic episodes, but the symptoms an adolescent experiences will be less intense and shorter in duration.

Bipolar disorder is actually a general term. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), there are multiple forms of bipolar disorder, including the following:

  • Bipolar I disorder: Adolescents who have bipolar I disorder will experience manic episodes that last for a period of at least seven days. They may or may not also have major depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but neither type of episode is required for an adolescent to meet the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of bipolar I disorder.
  • Bipolar II disorder: Adolescents who have bipolar II disorder will have one or more major depressive episodes and at least one hypomanic episode.
  • Cyclothymic disorder: Adolescents who have cyclothymic disorder will have symptoms of depression and symptoms of hypomania on multiple occasions over a period of at least two years. However, these symptoms will not rise to the level that would qualify them as major depressive episodes or hypomanic episodes.

If you believe that your child may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, seek effective care from a qualified professional. Bipolar disorders are treatable conditions. To be sure your child gets the right type and level of care, get a thorough assessment and an accurate diagnosis from a qualified healthcare provider or treatment center.


Statistics about bipolar disorder

The following statistics about bipolar disorder among adolescents were reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for bipolar disorder

An adolescent’s risk for developing bipolar disorder can be influenced by several genetic and environmental factors. The following are among the more common risk factors for bipolar disorder:

  • Gender (bipolar disorder is less common among adolescent boys than among adolescent girls)
  • Living in a high-income country
  • Family history of mental illness (the likelihood increases when first-degree relatives, such as parents or siblings, have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder)
Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of bipolar disorder

The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary significantly from one adolescent to the next. The type of bipolar disorder an adolescent develops, the adolescent’s age and developmental level, and the presence of co-occurring disorders are among the many factors that can influence the nature and severity of bipolar disorder symptoms.

The following are among the more common signs and symptoms that an adolescent who has bipolar disorder may experience:

Symptoms of manic or hypomanic episodes:

  • Elevated mood
  • Heightened self-confidence
  • Racing thoughts
  • Talkativeness, including rapid speech patterns
  • Increase in motivation and energy
  • Little or no apparent need for sleep
  • Jumpiness and restlessness
  • Acting impulsively or recklessly
  • Excessive behaviors (such as shopping sprees, sexual episodes, or foolish financial investments)
  • Inability to remain focused on one task or idea

Symptoms of major depressive episodes:

  • Pervasive sadness
  • Low self-esteem and diminished sense of self-worth
  • Fatigue
  • Hypersomnia
  • Significant unintentional weight loss or gain
  • Loss of interest in significant activities
  • Memory problems
  • Sense of shame, guilt, and worthlessness
  • Recurrent intrusive thoughts of death
  • Loss of hope for the future
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicidal behaviors

Effects of bipolar disorder                                                

Much like with the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, the effects can vary considerably from one adolescent to another. The following are among the more common potential effects that may occur when an adolescent needs, but does not receive, effective professional care for bipolar disorder:

  • Family discord
  • Strained or ruined relationships with friends and peers
  • Academic setbacks and behavioral problems in school
  • Problems getting or keeping a job
  • Physical injuries due to impulsive or reckless behaviors
  • Arrest and incarceration due to impulsive or reckless behaviors
  • Diminished capacity for self-care
  • Medical problems due to poor eating habits and insufficient self-care
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Onset or worsening of co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Social withdrawal or ostracization
  • Isolation
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all possible effects of bipolar disorder. Also, not every adolescent who develops bipolar disorder will experience every effect listed here. A variety of factors can influence the impact of bipolar disorder. However, it is extremely important to acknowledge the significant damage that these effects can have on a young person’s life.

If your child has been demonstrating any effects of bipolar disorder, seek professional help. With the right type and level of assistance, your child can minimize their risk for future effects of bipolar disorder and begin to heal from past harm.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorders among adolescents who have bipolar disorder

Adolescents who struggle with bipolar disorder may have an increased risk for developing certain additional mental or behavioral disorders. Clinicians refer to the simultaneous presence of multiple concerns as “co-occurring disorders.” The following are among the more common co-occurring disorders that can impact adolescents who have bipolar disorder:

  • Substance use disorders (this is the clinical term for addiction)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)

The onset of co-occurring disorders does not always occur in the same order. In some cases, adolescents first experience the symptoms of bipolar disorder, followed by the onset of the co-occurring disorder. Other adolescents first show signs of one of the disorders listed above, then begin to struggle with the symptoms of bipolar disorder. And still other adolescents develop bipolar disorder but don’t experience any of the co-occurring disorders listed in this section.

The potential presence of co-occurring disorders is one of the many reasons why it’s so important for your child to complete a thorough assessment, receive an accurate diagnosis, and get comprehensive help from qualified professionals at a reputable center.

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My husband had a manic episode and needed serious help. I was scared for our family and wasn't sure what to do. Acadiana stabilized his mental condition and taught him ways to manage his newly diagnosed Bipolar II disorder. Now he is back to his old self and our family has never been better.

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