Bipolar disorder is an illness that can cause great upheaval in the lives of those suffering from it. It can also cause an immense amount of distress in the lives of those around the person who is struggling with the symptoms of this disease. The turmoil that people with bipolar disorder go through on a daily basis as they fluctuate between extreme emotional highs and lows can leave them feeling helpless as to how to find control over their own minds. The inner battle that these people fight through every day can lead to significant disruption in all aspects of their lives. But life does not have to be this way. We can help.
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize the challenge it can be to live a life with bipolar disorder and we offer treatment that is designed to meet the needs of men and women who are struggling to overcome the debilitating symptoms of this illness. Ten Lakes is an acute geriatric psychiatric unit located within Trinity Twin City Critical Access Hospital and includes a newly renovated emergency department and 25-bed medical care unit. When people come to us for treatment, we make it our goal to provide the highest quality of care in the safest, most comfortable, and most therapeutic environment possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who has bipolar disorder, you know first-hand how devastating its effects can be on a person. You may have watched your loved one acting out in ways that you do not understand, ways that you have never seem him or her behave before. You may have seen your loved one go from being overly outgoing and provocative to suddenly being withdrawn and timid. His or her fluctuating emotions and behavioral changes may have left you feeling helpless as to what you can do to help. The cycle between the depressive and manic episodes that define bipolar disorder can cause the most frustration for the people around the individual because no one knows what to expect next. Some of the warning signs that are typical of manic and depressive episodes can include the following:
- Rapid speech
- Racing thoughts
- Flight of ideas
- Expressions of grandiosity
- Acting provocative and flamboyant
- Decreased need for sleep
- Impulsive behaviors
- Increased need for sleep
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Frequently crying
- Suicidal ideation
- Self-harming behaviors
If these are patterns of behavior that you have noticed your loved one experiencing, then it is time to help them get the help they need. When left untreated, the symptoms of bipolar disorder will only continue to worsen, causing further disruption and destruction in the individual’s life.
Why Consider Treatment at Ten Lakes Center
If you have bipolar disorder, you may feel worried about what your future holds. You may be frightened by your symptoms and the lack of control that they have forced upon you. You may already have started noticing negative effects on your interpersonal relationships or in your abilities to work to your full potential or adhere to daily responsibilities at home. But bipolar disorder does not have to run your life.
Inpatient treatment clinics have proven to be successful in treating people who are struggling with bipolar disorder. These clinics allow people to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives and focus solely on learning about their disorder, developing coping skills to deal with their symptoms, and learning to overcome any adversity that the illness has placed on their lives.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize that everyone who comes to us for treatment has their own unique set of life experiences that have played a role in molding them into the people that they are today. Keeping that in mind, we strive to provide individualized treatment plans that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each of our patients. Our caring and compassionate staff of mental health and medical professionals are committed to understanding and meeting both the short-term and the long-term needs of the patients we serve. We work closely with families, primary care physicians, and long-term care facilities in order to best understand the individual needs of each patient in a way that we would not be able to without any outside input. We aim to develop professional and collaborative relationships with all of the agencies and facilities that refer patients to Ten Lakes in order to provide the highest quality of care for everyone who comes to us for help and to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care once they leave our treatment center.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ten Lakes Center
When patients arrive at Ten Lakes Center, they first meet with one of our intake specialists who guides them through a comprehensive evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to help us determine each person’s specific treatment needs. Once the evaluation is complete, it is closely reviewed by the intake staff and one of our doctors in order to ensure that our inpatient treatment will best meet the needs of that patient. Once admitted, an interdisciplinary treatment team is assigned to the patient and they will meet weekly to discuss the different aspects of the patient’s specific treatment plan and make sure that all needs are successfully being met and all concerns are successfully being addressed. Some of the therapeutic methods that you may participate in while being treated at Ten Lakes Center include the following:
Medication management: One of the key components in successfully treating bipolar disorder comes in the form of medication. Among other things, medication plays the crucial role of helping to stabilize one’s mood. Every patient is seen daily by a physician and weekly by a psychiatrist in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of the medications being taken, make sure there are no negative side effects, and make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: At Ten Lakes, group therapy is our main approach to treatment. Multiple groups are held throughout the day and cover a wide variety of topics. Some of the topics that may be discussed in these group sessions can include mindfulness, stress management, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, and anger management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is held on an as-needed basis and sessions can be added at any time if deemed appropriate to the successful advancement of treatment. Individual therapy is a time in which patients meet privately with a therapist and discuss any concerns they may have, address any presenting issues, or refocus.
Family therapy: At Ten Lakes, we believe that family involvement in treatment is extremely important to successfully help our patients. Family members of our patients are included in all of the different aspects of the treatment process and are encouraged to attend the treatment team meetings that occur three times each week. We also understand how difficult this time can be for the family members of our patients, so we make sure to provide them with education regarding their loved one’s illness and answer any questions that they may have. Additionally, we hold visitation hours twice daily, between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm and again from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Recreational therapy: All of the patients being treated at our center participate in some form of exercise at least five days per week. We also provide options for other forms of recreational and experiential therapy that we have found to be beneficial for our patients. These include things such as art and music appreciation, arts and crafts, and a time for reminiscing.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The transition that occurs at the time of discharge has the potential to be overwhelming for patients, so we start planning for this at the time of admission. In doing so, the patients are aware of what they can expect at the end of their stay with us. More often than not, our patients are referred back to the facility that referred them to us. In some cases, however, patients may require placement in an extended care facility. Our social services department works with the families and guardians of our patients to determine what the most appropriate placement and services are once the patient has been discharged.
In addition to our inpatient treatment, Ten Lakes Center operates The Wellness Center, which is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) located in New Philadelphia, Ohio. This program is held Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, during which time patients participate in three education groups and two process groups each day. Additional services that are offered include individual and family therapy as needed, medication management, and monthly visits with a psychiatrist. All patients are provided with a daily lunch and for those located within a 30-mile radius, transportation can be provided as well.
Serving Eastern Ohio
Our location in Tuscarawas County Ohio allows us to serve residents of the entire region, including residents of Canton, New Philadelphia, and Cadiz.