Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 North Tampa Behavioral Health Hospital 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 North Tampa Behavioral Health Hospital.

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

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Bipolar Disorder Effects, Signs & Symptoms

Understanding Bipolar

What does bipolar disorder look like?

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes severe, unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. Additionally, individuals suffering with this disorder have a very difficult time carrying out their day-to-day tasks. The symptoms of bipolar disorder will differ depending on the type of bipolar disorder the individual has, but in all cases the mood symptoms experienced are significantly different than the normal ups and downs everyone experiences from time to time.

There are three primary types of bipolar disorder:

  • Bipolar I disorder: includes manic episodes with or without the occurrence of depressive symptoms, or mixed episodes
  • Bipolar II disorder: includes the presence of at least one hypomanic episode, a milder form of mania, and one major depressive episode
  • Cyclothymic disorder: includes hypomanic-like symptoms and depressive symptoms, both of which are below threshold for meeting the criteria for either full mania or depression

The symptoms experienced during a manic episode include greatly enhanced energy levels, euphoria, less need for sleep, excessive talking, engagement in risky behavior, and sometimes delusional grandiose plans. Depressive episodes on the other hand involve extreme sadness, fatigue, impaired decision making, and the loss of motivation to carry out even the most important tasks.

Bipolar disorder can create a lot of distress and unpleasantness. The symptoms can result in broken relationships, job loss, decline in school productivity and achievement, and financial ruin. However, even though this disorder lasts a lifetime, it can be effectively treated with the appropriate medication and psychotherapy.


Statistics on bipolar disorder

The 12 month prevalence rate for bipolar I for adults in the U.S. has been estimated to be 0.6%. There is no significant gender difference for this type. For bipolar II the 12 month prevalence rate of U.S. adults has been estimated at 0.8%. Similarly, there has been no gender differences discovered. While no 12 month prevalence rates have been reported, the lifetime prevalence rate for adults in the U.S. with cyclothymic disorder has been estimated to range from 0.4% to 1%.

Causes of Bipolar Disorder

What are the causes and risk factors of bipolar disorder?

While there is support for certain factors regarding their role in the development of bipolar disorders, it is generally agreed upon that ultimately it takes a combination of factors to cause this condition to manifest. It is also accepted that these disorders likely result from different combinations for different individuals and condition type.

Genetic: Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. Some researchers believe that there are certain genes that will make an individual more likely to develop bipolar disorder. Additionally, the development of bipolar disorder likely involves a number of gene mutations and chromosomal abnormalities, and the interaction of certain genes linked to mood and mood regulation.

Physical:  Some research has shown that individuals who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder have a smaller prefrontal cortex that doesn’t function as well as other individuals. The prefrontal cortex is the area of the brain that is responsible for executive functions, such as problem solving and decision making. Abnormal development of this section of the brain may disrupt the ability of the brain to coordinate the processes of forming memories, learning, and controlling emotions.

Environmental: For those individuals who are genetically predisposed for bipolar disorder, certain life events may trigger a mood episode. Factors such as substance abuse, changes in health habits, or hormonal problems can all trigger an episode.

Risk Factors:

  • Age (usually occurring between 15-30 years of age)
  • Women have higher incidence of rapid cycling
  • Men have more rates of early-onset bipolar
Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are separated into their differing mood states and are listed below.

Manic/Hypomanic Symptoms (Hypomanic symptoms are the same as manic symptoms, just less severe):

  • Excessively elevated mood
  • Racing thoughts
  • Flight of ideas
  • Decreased ability to maintain attention or severe distractibility
  • Impaired judgment
  • Being overly optimistic
  • Irritability
  • Delusions of grandeur
  • Engagement in risky behaviors
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Less need for sleep
  • Decreased appetite
  • Rapid speech or increased overall speech output
  • Excessive energy and activity level
  • Physical agitation, restlessness, the inability to sit still

Depressive Symptoms

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities
  • Feeling numb or empty
  • Change in appetite
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Sleeping significantly more or less than usual
  • Psychomotor retardation or agitation
  • Decreased energy, tiredness
  • Loss of motivation to engage in even important activities
  • Social withdrawal
  • Inability to perform well at work or school
  • Feeling worthless, shameful, or overly guilty without cause
  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking logically, or paying attention
  • Impaired decision making
  • Difficulty remembering even recently learned information
  • Thoughts of death, suicidal ideation
Effects of Bipolar Disorder

Understanding the effects of bipolar disorder

The consequences of living with untreated bipolar disorder will eventually affect every area of an individual’s life, along with the lives of those around them. The effects of bipolar disorder include:

  • Increasing anxiety between mood states
  • Family problems
  • Damaged relationships, leading to the loss of a social support network
  • Poor job or school performance, leading to lack of achievement or loss of job
  • Reduced functional capacity
  • Marital problems and divorce
  • Legal problems
  • Financial problems and increasing debt
  • Physical problems from prolonged abuse of drugs, alcohol, or prescriptions taken in an effort to self-medicate
  • Self-injury
  • Suicide
  • Sense of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Increased need for physical health services
  • Increased dependency on others for day-to-day functioning
Co-Occurring Disorders

Bipolar disorder and other co-occurring disorders

There are numerous different mental health disorders that may co-occur with bipolar disorders in adults. These include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Adult ADHD
  • Intermittent explosive disorder
  • Substance use and alcohol disorders
  • Specific phobias
  • Social anxiety/social phobia
  • Panic disorder
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My son was struggling with severe mood swings. I took him to north tampa bh for help and they diagnosed him with Bipolar disorder. He is doing much better after going through their treatment and seems to have better control when his moods abruptly change.

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