Women's Bipolar Disorder
Treatment in San Diego

San Diego Bipolar Treatment Program

Monima is an outpatient bipolar disorder treatment center designed specifically for women seeking mental health support in San Diego. We recognize that no two clients are the same, and bipolar disorder looks different for everyone. That’s why our team provides inclusive and individualized care based on the needs, diagnoses, and goals of each client — regardless of where they are at in their wellness journey.

Navigating bipolar disorder is challenging — and is especially difficult if you are facing them alone. Our mission is to provide care, support, and guidance every step of the way. We offer a variety of treatment modalities to address the needs, diagnoses, and wellness goals of each individual.

We foster a safe and inclusive environment where women feel empowered and supported during recovery. Monima offers the unique opportunity for clients to build lasting bonds and a sense of community while in treatment.

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Bipolar Disorder Treatment Modalities

Holistic Bipolar Treatment Center

Bipolar disorder is complex and each journey is unique, not universal. Treatment programs at Monima provide individualized and comprehensive care that combines a variety of traditional and alternative techniques, from CBT, to Reiki, and Acupuncture. Our team recognizes the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit and our holistic bipolar disorder treatment center and recovery programs are designed to foster overall and lasting mental wellness. Bipolar disorder treatment at Monima considers biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that are unique to each individual. Our approach to treatment promotes long-term wellness and complete healing that goes beyond just relieving the symptoms of bipolar. At Monima, we provide an integrated, personalized, and diverse range of services that set each patient up for a breakthrough in their wellness journey and the chance at a sustainable and life-changing recovery.

Bipolar Outpatient Programs

Monima offers outpatient treatment programs for clients coping with moderate to severe bipolar disorder symptoms. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provide two distinct levels of care so each client receives the support they need.

The Difference Between IOP and PHP

The key differentiator between PHP and IOP is the amount of time clients spend per week engaging in therapy and with our medical providers. PHP and IOP have been intentionally designed to offer two distinct levels of care that address the various medical, physical, emotional, and psychological needs of each individual.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Monima’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) was built for women seeking part-time treatment for moderate to severe bipolar disorder. IOP is designed specifically for women ready for a level of support above traditional weekly therapy, or as a stepping stone between a full-time recovery program — such as PHP or residential treatment — and returning to their daily routines full-time. Clients in the IOP program receive 9-15 hours of therapeutic engagement per week.

Partial Hospitalization Program for Bipolar Disorder

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is the highest level of care available at Monima. PHP is best suited for clients with severe bipolar symptoms that have begun to interfere with daily life and continue to persist despite therapy or medication. Most clients take a leave of absence from work, school, or their daily routines to fully commit themselves to the program. While in PHP, clients will be engaged in group and individual therapy five to six hours per day, five days a week.
Monima has partnered with Ohana Recovery Residences to provide optional safe housing for women enrolled in Monima Wellness outpatient programs. Women who stay at Ohana experience an immersive, supportive recovery environment with a like-minded female community.

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There is more than one type of bipolar disorder and symptoms range from one individual to the next — from mild, to moderate, severe, or disabling. For individuals with more mild or moderate bipolar symptoms, outpatient treatment (such as IOP or PHP) are incredibly effective options to reduce severity of symptoms and increase the chance of lasting mental wellness.

The main treatments for bipolar disorder typically include a combination of the following approaches depending on the individual’s needs, severity of symptoms, and response to treatment. Treatment is most effective when guided by a mental health professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder. Treatment goals include: mood stabilization, relapse prevention, and improvement of overall quality of life. The most common and effective treatment options include, but are not limited to:

  1. Medication: Mood stabilizers (i.e. lithium, valproate, and lamotrigine) are often prescribed to help manage mood swings and prevent both manic and depressive episodes.
    Atypical antipsychotic medications (i.e. aripiprazole and quetiapine) can also be used to control symptoms.
  2. Psychotherapy
    Psychotherapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can assist individuals in understanding and managing their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Family therapy, group therapy, support groups, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) are also beneficial.
  3. Lifestyle Management
    Developing and maintaining a consistent daily routine, sobriety, managing stress, getting adequate sleep, regular exercise, and adopting a balanced diet can help stabilize mood and reduce the frequency and severity of episodes.
  4. Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
    These programs offer more structured and frequent therapy sessions and support while allowing individuals to live at home.
  5. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
    PHP is a structured and intensive outpatient mental health treatment program designed for individuals who require more support than traditional outpatient therapy but do not need 24-hour inpatient care.

According to The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), bipolar disorder is classified as a disability. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) only considers some cases of bipolar disorder as a disability. The SSA considers bipolar disorder a disability when they meet the following criteria:

  1. Impairment from bipolar disorder symptoms are severe enough to prevent any form of work for at least a year
  2. Impartment must prevent them from working in their previous job and in any other suitable jobs as defined by the SSA