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 A “Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Interventions” is an orchestrated attempt by one or many people – usually family and friends – to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction or some kind of traumatic event or crisis, or other serious problem. The term intervention is most often used when the traumatic event involves addiction to drugs or other items. Intervention can also refer to the act of using a similar technique within a therapy session.



What is the definition of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a “mental illness” characterized by periods of depression and periods of elevated mood. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on its severity or whether symptoms of psychosis are present. During mania an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy or irritable. Individuals often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced during manic phases as well. During periods of depression there may be crying, a negative outlook on life, and poor eye contact with others. The risk of suicide among those with the illness is high at greater than 6 percent over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30-40 percent. Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorder and substance use disorder are commonly associated.


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What are some of the signs and behavioral symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?


Bipolar Depression may be characterized by the following signs and symptoms:


• Feelings of sadness, emptiness and  hopeless

• Irritability  unable to feel or experience pleasure

• Fatigue or loss of energy

• Physical and mental sluggishness

• Appetite or weight changes

• Sleep problems

• Concentration and memory problems

• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

• Thoughts of death or suicide


Bipolar Disorder & Addiction Interventions:

If you are a family member that is struggling with your loved ones “Bipolar disorder & Addiction” and do not know what to do, we at CanAm Interventions specializes in “complex Bipolar disorder & Addiction interventions”. It is important for you as family member to understand that you are dealing with a Mental Health Illness & Addiction and you cannot rationalize or talked your loved one in to stopping their behaviors or addictions. We advised you to seek professional help today. Bipolar disorder & Addiction requires professional supports, mental health trained staff to assess and diagnose treatment such as; psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical persons, addiction professionals and medical trained staff to address detoxification (if there is an addiction or medication management) to help you navigate support and manage the symptoms “Bipolar disorder & Addiction” and create a clinical treatment plan that has a mental health/addiction track.


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