Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder that can cause severe mood swings that range from mania to complete depression. Individuals with bipolar can also experience hallucinations or delusions at certain times. These manic episodes can disrupt family, school, work, all aspects of a persons life.

An individual dealing with bipolar disorder goes back and forth between “highs,” (mania) and “lows,” (depression). These high and low periods can last anywhere from a few hours, to a few days, or even weeks or months. It can be very difficult to deal with these issues on your own, individuals need to reach out for help.

A manic period can consist of extreme happiness racing thoughts, hyperactive, an individual can feel as if they’re “jumping out of their skin.” In contrast, a depressive period consists of major sadness, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of energy. Bipolar disorder can be related and attribute greatly to eating disorders and chemical dependency issues.

In most people with bipolar disorder, there is no clear cause for the manic or depressive episodes. The following triggers can cause a person dealing with this disorder to become very confused and not know how to handle the situation. These are all factors to look out for in a manic episode with bipolar disorder:

  • Life changes such as childbirth
  • Medications such as antidepressants or steroids
  • Periods of sleeplessness
  • Recreational drug use

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Fairwinds Treatment Center is a dually licensed facility. This means our physicians, therapists and counselors address our patient’s issues from both sides; the disorder or addiction, as well as the root cause or causes. Because of this, the team at Fairwinds has been trained to help an individual reduce these manic and depressive periods and balance the individual’s mood. The team can achieve this through individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and medication.


At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we provide a unique and effective treatment approach that combines psychological and emotional support with nutritional guidance. Our medical professionals know that every patient is fighting their own intensely personal battle. With that in mind, our Eating Disorder programs are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family. We operate a small, comfortable residential treatment center where you or your loved one can take the time necessary to truly heal.

Why Choose Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center is one of the top eating disorder treatment centers in the world. Our specialists, Dr. Khal El-Yousef and Dr. Pauline Powers, understand the complexities of these ailments and the underlying psychological conditions that cause them, and implement clinically backed methods to help adult men and women and adolescent boys and girls uncover and overcome the root causes of their disorders, even while assisting in their physical recovery.

Dr. Pauline Powers is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading researcher, educator and trainer in the continually evolving field of eating disorder treatment, and has 40 years of experience fighting this fight. She currently sits on the Scientific Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program and the Editorial Board of the Eating Disorders Review and has also served as the founding President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, there is no time to waste. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today by phone or via our online form to start the journey toward treatment and recovery.

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The History of Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center was founded by Dr. Khal El-Yousef in 1989, and we offer a treatment model that combines the benefits of therapy with a more clinical approach to eating disorders, addiction and the underlying psychological conditions that can spur these self-destructive behaviors. We believe that addressing all of the factors that contribute to an eating disorder is the only way to facilitate a full recovery. As such, we are one of the only dually licensed psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities in the nation to earn accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which empowers us to address any chemical dependencies or behavioral issues that may contribute to an eating disorder.