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    Mental Health Spotlight: Bipolar Disorder

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Bipolar disorder or bipolar depression is a mental health condition that causes extreme emotional highs, called manic episodes, alternating with emotional lows or depression. While it is normal to feel excited and sad, bipolar disorder causes emotional changes that make it difficult or even impossible to function normally. There are many treatments available for those who suffer from bipolar disorder to reduce the effects of this condition and restore quality of life.

    Types of Bipolar Disorder

    There are four classified types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar I disorder causes recurrent and severe episodes of manic symptoms, which are followed by episodes of depression. Patients who suffer from bipolar II disorder experience less severe mania episodes followed by symptoms of major depression. Bipolar disorder not otherwise specified, or BP-NOS, is diagnosed when patients express the symptoms of bipolar disorder but do not fit the specific patterns of bipolar I disorder or bipolar II disorder. Cyclothymia is characterized by manic episodes similar to those in bipolar II disorder, which cycle with lengthy episodes of depression lasting up to two years.

    Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

    Treatments for bipolar disorder vary depending upon the severity of the condition and other mental health factors that may affect the patient. Medications such as mood stabilizers, antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, and antiseizure medication can be used to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder. In addition to medication, behavioral treatments such as counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family therapy can help to manage mood. In some cases, patients who do not respond well to other treatments can benefit from electroconvulsive therapy.

    The Treasure Coast Behavioral Healthcare at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center offers free mental health assessments 24/7 to ensure you receive the behavioral care you need as soon as possible. Our experienced team of physicians and psychiatrists provides comprehensive and compassionate treatment for bipolar disorder, depression, substance abuse and addiction, and more. Please call us today at (772) 828-2486 to speak with a registered nurse or look through our website for the information you need about mental and behavioral health.

    Preparing for Your Physical Therapy Treatment

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Physical therapy is targeted treatment that aims to reduce pain and restore mobility after an accident, surgery, or illness. When preparing for your treatment at the Physical Rehabilitation Center, we encourage you to bring items that will make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable, including books, magazines, or puzzles. You will need several changes of clothing, rubber-soled shoes, and any personal hygiene and grooming items you prefer. If you wear glasses or hearing aids or need a cane, crutches, or walker, bring these items as well. Avoid bringing items such as jewelry or cash; these items are safer at home and you will not need them during your stay. Please let your family know that you will need someone to launder your clothing during your stay and encourage them to visit at any time during your treatment.

    Lawnwood Regional Medical Center’s Physical Rehabilitation Center provides inpatient treatment close to home in Fort Pierce. Your treatment team will include experienced nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and physicians who will work with you to develop a personalized and successful treatment plan. If you’d like more information about our hospital services or Physical Rehabilitation Center, contact us online or call (772) 828-2486 today.

    What Are the Surprising Benefits of Quitting Smoking?

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Quitting a smoking habit can have many benefits for your health. In fact, quitting may offer some benefits that you may not even have considered.

    Smoking affects many systems in your body. Oftentimes, people find that after they quit smoking, food tastes better and they are able to enjoy meals much more. Quitting smoking can also help you to feel more energized and confident about the way your body looks and even smells. You can learn more of the surprising benefits of quitting smoking by watching this short video.

    Are you ready to quit smoking to enjoy these benefits and more? Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is here to help. Our h2u – health to you program offers the education, tools, and support you need to live a healthier lifestyle every day. Click through our website or call (772) 828-2486 to learn more about our health services in Fort Pierce.

    Tips for Choosing an Obstetrician

    Last updated 21 days ago

    An obstetrician, sometimes called an OB/GYN, is a healthcare provider specializing in care during pregnancy, labor, and the time directly following the birth of your child. Your obstetrician can help you manage a normal pregnancy or provide treatment and suggestions if your pregnancy is high risk. Selecting the right obstetrician for your pregnancy will depend upon your medical needs as well as your personal preferences.

    Medical Needs

    While all obstetricians specialize in the treatment of mother and child during and directly after pregnancy, some may choose to specialize in certain areas of treatment or health management. If you have specific health needs or your pregnancy is classified as a high-risk pregnancy, you may wish to choose an obstetrician with special training in the areas of medicine most pertinent to your needs. Medical conditions that may require additional knowledge and care during pregnancy include diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy, and high blood pressure. Additionally, mothers who are carrying multiple fetuses may also wish to seek out an obstetrician specializing in multiple pregnancies.

    Personal Compatibility

    Pregnancy and labor are a special time for you and your family. Because you will be working closely with your obstetrician, it’s important to choose a healthcare provider with whom you feel comfortable and relaxed. You should feel confident in your obstetrician’s capabilities and at ease when asking questions and discussing birthing options. Keep in mind that some obstetricians may prefer or specialize in natural childbirths only, while others have more experience with pain management and other options during labor and delivery. It’s important to choose an obstetrician who will work with you to accommodate any preferences you may have while ensuring your child’s birth will be safe and healthy.

    The Birthing Center at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is here to help you welcome your family’s newest addition into the world! Our Labor and Delivery unit includes a 16-bed Level I Nursery, 18-bed Postpartum Unit, and the only Level II NICU in St. Lucie County. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (772) 828-2486 or visit our website to learn more about the women’s and children’s services we offer. 

    The Link Between High Blood Sugar and Heart Disease

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Your heart health is tied to many aspects of your general health. Studies have shown that chronic high blood sugar can also affect your heart, leading to an increased risk of damage to the cardiovascular system and heart disease. If you have diabetes, it’s particularly important to manage your blood sugar to protect your heart and the other organs in your body. However, even individuals who don’t have diabetes can benefit from reducing their blood sugar for better heart health. Check the packaging on the foods you eat to determine how much sugar they contain. Try to avoid sugary snacks and candies and include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Because many foods that contain a high amount of sugar also contain excess sodium and fats, you can further reduce your risk of heart disease by limiting or avoiding these options.

    A healthier heart will help you feel more energetic so you can enjoy the activities you love. You can find more heart health and diabetes management tips at every age on Lawnwood Regional Medical Center’s comprehensive website, or call us at (772) 828-2486 to request a physician referral.


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials does not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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