Here’s How We See Bipolar Disorder at Clearview Girls Academy

We can treat your daughter as she struggles with Bipolar Disorder, a condition characterized by periods of unusually high mood and energy alternating with periods of abnormally depleted mood and energy level. Her frame of mind swings back and forth between feelings of elation and despair, tending towards the extremes when compared to the normal “ups and downs” which virtually everybody experiences in life.

While she may experience normal phases in between, the high phase (clinically referred to as “manic”), might find her easily agitated, with racing thoughts, inappropriately high self-esteem, too much talking and too little need for sleep, poor judgment and temper control, little self-control and engaging in reckless behavior (i.e.: sexual activity, binge drinking/eating/drug use).

Her “depressive” (clinically low) episodes might be marked with anxiety, guilt, remoteness, anger, sadness, low energy, excessive/disturbed sleep, loss of interest in activities or friends that she once enjoyed, suicidal thoughts or actions.

Family history and brain chemistry are considered factors, but causes for BPD are not clearly known. Other recognized factors include a blood relative with BPD, drug or alcohol abuse, an excessive amount of high stress, or a traumatic situation.

Clearview Girls Academy – The Ideal Setting to Help Your Daughter with Bipolar Disorder

It is critical for your daughter to receive a correct diagnosis, particularly because of the self-threatening nature of many of the behaviors associated with Bipolar Disorder; in some cases, commitment (either voluntary or involuntary) will be called for, in order to allow treatment to proceed. The (attempted) suicide rate for girls with BPD is ten times the general population, and so early treatment is crucial (i.e.: not confusing her symptoms with chronic depression).

There are indeed medications that can help your daughter control her BPD symptoms, which should be taken along with therapy from a qualified individual. It can be misleading to think that symptoms have disappeared, causing one to think that her problems may have disappeared and she’s been cured, but we know that he last thing you’d want is for Bipolar Disorder to control her life again, and both are absolutely required for a lifetime!

Helping Bipolar Disorder…Here is How we Do it at Clearview Girls Academy.

Clearview specializes in dealing with girls ages 13-17 who exhibit inappropriate behaviors, falling grades, or influences that may threaten their future. With our interdisciplinary counseling team (of 3 psychotherapists, psychiatric specialists, licensed teachers, as well as mentors and residential staff) we can help your daughter solve the very difficult issues she faces, and start on a new and more productive path in her life.

We will create an individualized treatment plan specifically for her unique medical, emotional, and psychological needs. Along with daily chores and schooling (or vocational training), the Clearview program is very personable and relational, but highly structured, emphasizing a nutritionally balanced diet, physical activities, and outdoor events, all designed to educate your daughter in a healthy lifestyle.

Our therapeutic boarding school is housed in a secure mountainside lodge in near Sandpoint, Idaho, where our techniques (including individual, group, and family therapy) are chosen for girls who need to make better choices as well as develop strong interpersonal and academic skills. Our program is created to help your daughter find the strength to overcome Bipolar Disorder, enabling her to live the rest of her life as a successful and healthy woman.

About the Author:
Mike Linderman, MA, LCPC
Mike Linderman, MA, LCPC

Clinical Director and Psychotherapist

I am married with three children and live in Montana. I...

I am married with three children and live in Montana. I have been working with troubled teens for over 20 years and specialize in...