Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Cove Forge Behavioral Health 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 Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Bipolar Disorder Signs & Symptoms

The signs, symptoms, and effects of bipolar disorder can be different for every person impacted. Learning about bipolar disorder is one of the first steps towards getting better.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Learn about bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder experience periods of extreme emotion known as manic episodes and depressive episodes. During a manic episode, a person will often have excessive energy, little need for sleep, poor judgment, impulsivity, and grandiosity. A depressive episode is in many ways the opposite of a manic episode, with depressed mood, loss of motivation, lack of interest or pleasure in daily activities, fatigue, inability to sleep, and a reduced ability to think and concentrate. Some people with bipolar disorder also experience hypomanic episodes, which are shorter and generally less severe forms of mania. In addition, a person may experience a mixed state, which includes symptoms of both manic and depressive episodes.

There are three primary types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and cyclothymic disorder. The difference between bipolar I disorder and bipolar II disorder involves how a person experiences manic episodes. People with bipolar I disorder experience full manic episodes while people with bipolar II disorder experience hypomanic episodes. People who have cyclothymic disorder experience manic symptoms and depressive symptoms, though these symptoms do not meet criteria for full manic, hypomanic, or depressive episodes.

People who are struggling with bipolar disorder may try a number of different ways of coping with their symptoms. Unfortunately, some people turn to substance abuse to help them cope. This behavior can lead to many negative outcomes, including the development a substance use disorder, which can exacerbate symptoms of bipolar disorder and create additional problems as well. Because of this, it is important to seek treatment for bipolar disorder as early on as possible.

Statistics

Bipolar disorder statistics

Data from the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) indicates that approximately 0.6 percent of Americans are diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in a given year. Men are slightly more likely than women to develop this disorder. Bipolar II disorder is slightly more common than bipolar I with about 0.8 percent of people diagnosed with it in a given year. Cyclothymic disorder is the most common type of bipolar disorder, with approximately 0.4 to 1 percent of people having this diagnosis in any 12-month period.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for bipolar disorder

A person’s risk of bipolar disorder is strongly affected by both genetic and environmental factors, including the following:

Genetic: A family history of bipolar disorder is one of the strongest and most consistent risk factors for developing this disorder. People with close relatives who have bipolar disorder have a risk that is 10 times higher than that of the general population.

Environmental: Certain environmental factors can also affect a person’s chance of developing bipolar disorder. For example, the disorder is more common in high-income countries like the United States. In addition, people who are separated, divorced, or widowed have higher rates of bipolar disorder.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of bipolar disorder
  • Family history of schizophrenia
  • Being diagnosed with another mental illness or substance use disorder
  • Being separated, divorced, or widowed

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder

The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder will vary depending on one’s personality, the severity of the disorder, and whether one is experiencing a manic or depressive episode. These signs and symptoms can include the following:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Excessive goal-directed activity
  • Talkativeness
  • Involvement in risky or reckless behavior
  • Impulsivity

Physical symptoms:

  • Reduced need for sleep
  • Significant weight changes
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Fatigue or loss of energy

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Distractibility
  • Poor judgment
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Thinking about death

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Abnormally elevated mood
  • Irritable mood
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Depressed mood
  • Feeling empty or hopeless
  • Loss of pleasure in most activities
  • Feeling agitated, restless, or jittery

Effects

Effects of bipolar disorder

An untreated bipolar disorder  can wreak havoc on a person’s life. If a person also is struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder, the potential for damage in his or her life is much greater. The following are among the effects that bipolar disorder and a co-occurring substance use disorder can have on a person’s life:

  • Interruptions in overall functioning that persist even between depressive or manic episodes
  • Poor work performance
  • Job loss or demotion
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Relationship tension
  • Separation or divorce
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Social isolation
  • Developing additional substance use disorders
  • Suicide attempts

Co-Occurring Disorders

Bipolar disorder and co-occurring disorders

Individuals who are struggling with bipolar disorder frequently also struggle with co-occurring substance use disorders. In addition to substance use disorders, the following mental health disorders are known to sometimes co-occur with bipolar disorder:

  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobia
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep disorders

Marks of Quality Care
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs
  • Glasser Quality Organization
  • The Jason Foundation