Residential Treatment for Mood Disorders

Residential Treatment for Mood Disorders

Mood disorders like major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder cause dramatic and debilitating shifts in mood that remain persistent and resistant to change. While many people trapped by mood disorders feel hopeless, in reality, these conditions are highly amenable to treatment. Residential treatment for mood disorders at BrightQuest has helped many men and women recover their emotional equilibrium, restoring their ability to enjoy life and achieve their most cherished goals.

Mood disorders disrupt normal emotional and psychological states, replacing them with disturbing and uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that are difficult to eliminate. Under the influence of a mood disorder, happiness and success can seem unattainable.

With the help of targeted treatment services provided by highly qualified mental health professionals, men and women with mood disorders can regain their emotional balance and resume living a normal life. Residential treatment for mood disorders at BrightQuest offers an avenue of escape for those who are ready to fight back against conditions that have robbed them of their freedom to find happiness and choose their own destinies.

Inpatient Treatment for Mood Disorders at BrightQuest


Mood disorders cause significant impairment in the lives of millions of Americans. Nearly 10 percent of the adult population will develop a mood disorder each year, and the lifetime incidence of these conditions is slightly more than one in five. About half of these men and women will experience symptoms consistent with a serious mood disorder, which can have a devastating and lasting impact if no treatment is provided.

Mood Disorder Signs and Symptoms

When mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder are severe, treatment is the best option to overcome their troubling symptoms.

The distinctive signs of a depressive disorder include:

  • Feelings of emptiness
  • A persistent lack of energy
  • Low motivation to accomplish even the simplest tasks
  • An inability to focus or concentrate
  • Emotional numbness
  • A loss of capacity to take pleasure in formerly enjoyable activities
  • Inattention to hygiene or appearance
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia or sleeping at unusual times of the day
  • Feelings of hopelessness and discouragement
  • Thoughts of suicide

Manic states associated with bipolar disorder can be identified by a different set of symptoms, which may include:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Uncontrollable euphoria
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Extreme restlessness
  • High energy levels
  • Reduced need for sleep
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Feelings of grandiosity or invincibility

When mood disorder symptoms are acute, optimism may be elusive. But skilled and experienced mental health treatment professionals can help your loved one recover from a complex mental health disorder, even when deliverance seems farther away than ever before.

Residential treatment for mood disorders at BrightQuest offers our clients an ideal mix of comprehensive treatment services, in a personalized package that will address their unique individual needs. They will work on completing a sustainable personal transformation, in a compassionate, healing-oriented environment where they will be constantly challenged, but amply rewarded for their determined efforts to recover.

Mood Disorders We Treat

Depressive disorder and bipolar disorder are the two major categories of mood disorder in adults, and we treat both at BrightQuest. Each is a complicated condition, with multiple forms that can be diagnosed depending on the nature and intensity of the symptoms.

There are two types of depression that frequently require intensive, long-term treatment. They are:

  • Major depression. Also known as clinical depression, this is a highly disabling condition that leaves those who have it unable to properly care for themselves or others, or consistently meet their life responsibilities.
  • Dysthymia. Also known as persistent depressive disorder, this condition causes all the typical symptoms of major depression but at reduced intensity. While functioning is possible with dysthymia, those who have it will struggle to keep up and will be plagued by feelings of emptiness and low energy on a daily basis.

There are several types of bipolar disorder, which are all serious mental illnesses. They include:

  • Bipolar I. People with Bipolar I sometimes experience severe manic states or episodes that may or may not include psychotic features, but will usually require hospitalization. Depression is also experienced, as depression and manic states alternate in the familiar pattern.
  • Bipolar II. Men and women with bipolar II also experience alternating depressive and manic states. But the mania is relatively mild, making depression the more serious and disabling medical issue.
  • Cyclothymic disorder. With this condition, the familiar cycle between depression and mania is experienced, but the highs and lows are not as extreme or overwhelming (although still difficult to bear).
  • Bipolar due to another medical or substance abuse problem. Bipolar symptoms are real and disabling, but another condition is at least partially responsible for their occurrence.

Mood Disorders and Co-Occurring Issues

When you bring your loved one to BrightQuest for mood disorder treatment, they’ll undergo a full evaluation for any and all co-occurring disorders. Their treatment plan will include extensive services for those conditions if they are present, which will maximize their chances of achieving long-term health.

Depression and bipolar disorder are frequently accompanied by anxiety disorders. About half of those with either condition will also have a history of severe anxiety, which often precedes depressive states and seems to play a causal role in their onset. The highly experienced mental health professionals at BrightQuest understand the connection between the two types of disorders and are prepared to offer intensive, evidence-based treatment services for both. This is also the case when personality disorders or more severe forms of mental illness are present, which means that when you bring your loved one to BrightQuest you’ll be placing their health and future in very capable hands.

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How to Help a Loved One Get Residential Treatment for Mood Disorders


Men and women who develop depression or bipolar disorder may lose their ability to help themselves. They may want to recover, and secretly dream of the day when their mood disorder no longer controls their lives. But their illness steals their hope and their belief that change is truly possible.

When someone you love begins to exhibit symptoms consistent with a mood disorder, you should recognize it and acknowledge it, because your failure to do so can have serious ramifications. A person disabled by depression or mania will usually need persuading before they agree to seek out treatment services, and you and the other members of your family may be the only ones who break through and convince them to take action.

At BrightQuest, our treatment plan for mood disorders is comprehensive and completely individualized, with a vast menu of evidence-based services that will truly make an impact in your loved one’s life that will last well beyond the end of formal treatment. We’ll be happy to discuss the details of our approach to treatment with your family at any time, and we will answer any questions your loved one has about what they can expect when they come to BrightQuest for treatment.

Your Family’s Involvement in the Treatment Process

BrightQuest includes active involvement of families. Family therapy sessions are a weekly occurrence in most treatment plans, and these uplifting and transformative meetings will help you gain greater understanding of your loved one’s struggles with complex mental illness.

As a further inducement to encourage your involvement in your loved one’s recovery, we also offer biweekly educational groups for family members of men and women battling mental illness. The purpose of these meetings is to provide you with insights and advice that will help you help your loved one win their fight against their mood disorder.

Each month, we also sponsor multi-family support group meetings at our San Diego and Nashville facilities, where family members of BrightQuest clients can interact with people facing the same situation. In these informative sessions, you’ll learn a lot from other partners, parents, siblings, or family friends about the devastating and life-altering impact of mental illness, on those who have it and those who love them. Everyone will be invited to share their feelings and experiences, in a solution-oriented environment focused on personal and family empowerment.

The BrightQuest approach is based on the knowledge that men and women with mental health issues need the emotional support of their families. You can play a critical role in your family member’s recovery from a mood disorder, if you’re ready to listen, learn, and offer unconditional support.

Why Choose BrightQuest Treatment Centers for Mood Disorders Treatment?


BrightQuest brings true hope for recovery and change to men and women struggling with a mood disorder. Depression and bipolar disorder are complex, debilitating conditions, but our evidence-based recovery plans will provide your loved one with a healthy and transformative mix of treatment services that can support their determined efforts to get their life back on track.

The BrightQuest Experience

At our treatment centers in San Diego and Nashville, we can support your loved one’s sincere attempt to overcome their depressive disorder or bipolar disorder. Our plans will address every aspect of their medical condition, as together we’ll strive to help them achieve their most ambitious treatment goals.

Their treatment plan will include extensive and intensive wellness services, targeted at their mood disorders symptoms and any additional co-occurring conditions diagnosed. We’ll fully support your loved one’s efforts to restore their mind, body, and spirit to good health and robust functioning.

  • Intensive psychotherapy in individual, group, and family therapy formats
  • Vocational and educational support
  • Instruction in living skills development
  • Structuralized socialization for effective anxiety reduction
  • Additional specialized programming to supplement treatment and help strengthen a healthier mindset and lifestyle

BrightQuest Levels of Care

Our mission is to lead our clients to good health while guiding them in the development and ability to live independently. We endeavor to equip our clients with the emotional and psychological tools needed to not only manage their mood disorders but to change the circumstances that made them vulnerable to them in the first place.

Many of our clients spend a year or more in treatment, based on their pace of recovery. BrightQuest treatment plans are intensive and truly transformative. Our levels of care include:

  • 24-Hour Residential
  • Semi-Independent Living
  • Independent Living
  • Extended Services

The BrightQuest Therapeutic Community

Our, highly experienced mental health experts at BrightQuest provide constructive and enlightening recovery services with a personalized touch. Under their caring and compassionate supervision, your loved one will come to realize their depression or bipolar disorder is a condition that can be managed, with dedication, commitment, and the strong and unyielding support of loving family members and compassionate peers who’ll share their journey to wellness during their time at BrightQuest.

As a part of the integrated BrightQuest healing community, your loved one will help others make important changes in their lives, even as they soar above and beyond the artificial limits of their mood disorder. With the guidance of our empathic treatment experts, they will complete their journey to wellness and arrive in a brand new world filled with hope and possibility.

If your loved one is suffering from a mood disorder, contact us today.