Bipolar disorder is a devastating mental health disorder that can wreak chaos on the lives of those who suffer from it. It is an illness that has damaging effects on a person’s ability to function appropriately as he or she fights through extreme emotional highs and extreme emotional lows, never knowing what mood will hit next. The behaviors that occur as a result of these drastic mood changes can have detrimental consequences on the world around these individuals. These people can feel as though they have no control over their own minds, therefore making them feel hopeless to change.
But it is possible to change. It is possible to gain back control of your life for those struggling with Bipolar Disorder with proper treatment. Red River Hospital is a 74-bed psychiatric and addiction treatment center located in Wichita Falls, Texas. For over four decades, we have remained steadfast in our diligence to help improve the lives of those who entrust us with their care. Through individualized treatment plans, the caring and compassionate staff at Red River Hospital assist those who are in need of services for behavioral health concerns, substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders. Separated into four distinct units, we are able to successfully meet the needs of all age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults. We are also proud to offer a specialized military heroes unit for our United States Service Members. At Red River, we know how destructive the symptoms of bipolar disorder can be and we want to guide you as you develop the tools you need to start to rebuild your life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The behaviors that result from the cycle of ups and downs that define bipolar disorder can be confusing to the family members and loved ones of individuals who are suffering from the illness. If you have noticed a change in your loved one’s thoughts, demeanor, and/or behaviors, but are questioning whether or not he or she is suffering from bipolar disorder, here are some warning signs to look out for: Manic episode:
- Acting impulsively
- Rapid speech
- Flight of ideas
- Displays of grandiosity
- Substance abuse
- Decreased need for sleep, sometimes going days without sleeping
- Increased need for sleep / excessive lethargy
- Delayed responses to stimuli
- No longer participating in activities once enjoyed
- Suicidal ideation
If any of these are things that you have witnessed in your loved one, then it is time to seek professional intervention. Without treatment, the negative effects of bipolar disorder can be far-reaching and long-lasting, but your loved one does not have to suffer through that. There is help available.
Why Consider Treatment at Red River
People who have bipolar disorder may feel helpless as they watch their world seem to crumble around them. They may suddenly find it difficult to maintain their academic or occupational responsibilities, may have trouble interacting socially, and may unknowingly be destroying interpersonal relationships as a result of their behaviors. They likely know that there is something wrong, but feel incapable of controlling their thoughts and actions. This lack of a sense of control can further perpetuate the downward spiral of conflicting symptoms and place individuals at risk of harming themselves by acting recklessly or attempting suicide. While bipolar disorder is a very severe and debilitating illness, it can be successfully treated and those suffering from it can go on to lead fulfilling lives. Inpatient treatment programs are known to be extremely effective at helping people with bipolar disorder gain control of their symptoms. When taking part in an inpatient program, individuals are able to walk away from the havoc that their lives have become and focus solely on healing. These people can begin a regimen of appropriate medications that will aid in stabilizing their mood while being under the constant care of psychiatrists, physicians, or nurses. In addition to the implementation of medication, people in inpatient programs are able to participate in a variety of therapeutic interventions, gaining support from both mental health professionals as well as other patients who are fighting through similar struggles.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
When you or a loved one is in crisis, or when life simply seems to have spiraled out of control, the staff at Red River Hospital is here to help. We strive to understand the point of view of others and actively express encouragement as individuals work towards achieving their goals. At Red River, we take responsibility for treating each and every person who comes through our doors with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. By providing structured programming and implementing individualized treatment plans for each patient, we aim to show everyone how they can succeed. We surround patients with every facet of information that they need to get better, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that everyone who comes to us for care leaves our center with the confidence they need to continue on their path to a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Red River
Red River Hospital provides free assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These assessments are conducted by a licensed professional and then reviewed by a team member or supervisor. If it is determined that we will be able to fully meet the patient’s needs, one of our physicians is contacted and the admissions process begins. Our dedicated multidisciplinary treatment team and psychiatric staff provide medical management and various therapies designed to encompass all of the needs of all of our patients. We utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques as part of our inpatient program, including the following: Detoxification: When patients come to Red River and are struggling with chemical dependency concerns, we provide a 5-7 day stay in our detox unit. Here, every individual receives 24 hour monitoring by a team of nurses as his or her body becomes cleansed of any toxic substances that are present. For those who are struggling with bipolar disorder, but are also dependent upon substances, detox marks the beginning of the therapeutic process. To learn more about this process, please see our detoxification program page. Medication management: The use of medication is an instrumental part of treating bipolar disorder. All patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist in order to ensure that the medications that have been prescribed to ensure their effectiveness and to make any changes that may be required. Group therapy: The inpatient treatment programs at Red River are group-focused, with a variety of groups being held daily. Some of the topics that are covered in these groups include anger management, conflict resolution, effective communication skills, appropriate assertive behavior skills, and medication management. On our progressive care unit, additional groups and activities are held in order to assist in reality orientation. Family therapy: At Red River, we see each disorder as family disorder because these illnesses not only impact the life of the individual who has the disorder, but the lives of each patient’s family members as well. We believe that if the family is not involved, then the changes that are made during the treatment process will not be carried over into the home environment. As a result, we encourage family sessions to occur on a regular basis in all units and can be done via telephone if necessary. On our child and adolescent unit, at least one family session is required prior to the patient’s discharge. Individual therapy: Individual sessions occur on an as-needed basis for all units except our military unit where patients have a minimum of one individual therapy session each week. Recreational therapy occurs at least once per day and includes activities such as physical therapy and yoga. Daily school is provided for all of our child and adolescent patients. There is an onsite school room and lessons are led by our public school district’s teachers.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Red River Hospital, we recognize that the discharge process can be an intimidating time for patients, so we begin planning for this transition the moment our patients enter the hospital. This plan is consistently reviewed and updated throughout the individual’s stay so that, when the time for discharge arrives, the patient is already set up for the next step in his or her recovery process. We believe that aftercare is a major part of every person’s treatment, so we ensure that the unique needs of each individual will be cared for, whether that be a step down into our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP), or being provided with referrals for traditional outpatient services. For patients who require a structured plan in order to return to life’s daily routines, Red River also provides onsite therapy, coping skills training, and supervised medication management. Whatever your needs may be, our caring and compassionate staff will make sure that you are comfortable and confident as you embark on your next stage of recovery.
Serving Northern Texas and Southern Oklahoma
Our location in Wichita Falls allows for convenient access to residents of Southern Oklahoma cities like Lawton and Duncan in addition to nearby Texas cities like Burkburnett and Henrietta. Call the number below to begin the process of recovery.