Bipolar treatment for veterans in San Diego
We understand veterans face unique struggles that lead to mental health concerns. At our Mental Health Treatment Center in San Diego, we are sensitive to your challenges. Solara will find every possible solution to enable you to live the life that you are meant to live.
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Bipolar Treatment for Veterans

Bipolar Disorder is estimated to be 2.8% of US adults in the year 2020. According to the VA, more than one-third of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have received a mental health diagnosis including PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Solara Mental Health in San Diego has been contracted with the VA (via TriWest) to provide mental health treatment for veterans in need. This gives us the unique opportunity to provide affordable treatment for veterans who are struggling with bipolar disorder. Solara can provide accommodations, housing, and transportation for veterans when authorized by the VA.

About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder that causes abnormal shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out daily activities and tasks. These shifts in mood can include both manic and depressive episodes.

Mania & Hypomania

Mania and hypomania episodes share similar symptoms of heightened mood but differ in severity. Manic symptoms have the potential to cause a mental break from reality, while hypomanic symptoms are less severe.

Manic and hypomanic episodes may include:

  • Feeling jumpy, upbeat, or wired
  • Exaggerating self-confidence and euphoria
  • Decreasing need for sleep and insomnia
  • Racing thoughts
  • Getting easily distracted
  • Increasing activity, energy, and irritability
  • Impulsive behaviors and poor decision making

In more severe manic episodes causing psychosis, a person may experience delusions such as believing they have special abilities or supreme social connections.

Depressive Episodes

People with bipolar disorder may experience depressive episodes where symptoms may last several days or weeks. Symptoms from depressive episodes can make completing daily tasks extremely difficult.

Depressive episodes symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Emptiness, extreme sadness, and hopelessness
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Decreasing ability to concentrate

Symptoms and Types of Bipolar Disorder

All types of bipolar disorder include a clear change in mood, energy, and activity levels. Mood swings include periods of overly heightened moods to lowered moods.

There are three types of bipolar disorder:

  • Bipolar I Disorder – is defined by manic episodes that last at least 7 days or manic symptoms that are so severe that they require hospitalization. Depressive episodes also occur and last about two weeks. The person may also feel symptoms of depression and mania occur at the same time.
  • Bipolar II Disorder – is defined by patterns of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. The manic episodes are not as severe as those people who struggle with Bipolar I depression.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder (also called Cyclothymia) – is defined by periods of hypomanic symptoms and periods of depressive symptoms. People with cyclothymia may experience a month or two of symptoms but these symptoms are less severe than the other two types of depression.

Manic episodes in Bipolar I Disorder are more severe than those in Bipolar II disorder. However, depressive episodes in people who struggle with Bipolar II Disorder can last longer and become more debilitating than those with Bipolar I Disorder.

Risk Factors

Although there is no definitive cause of the bipolar disorder, there are factors that can increase the risk of a person developing this disorder.

  • Brain structure and functioning – Neuropsychological impairments have been seen in people with bipolar disorder. The use of functional brain imaging has shown that the impairments may be related to the pathophysiology in the prefrontal and anterior cortex as well as the amygdala and ventral striatum.
  • Genetics – Individuals who have family members that are diagnosed with bipolar disorder are more likely to develop bipolar disorder. Many genes are involved in the development of the bipolar disorder and no one gene can cause the disorder.
  • Stress – Trauma and high stress can trigger a manic or depressive episode. Combat experience and other stressful environments one may be exposed to in the military give military personnel and veterans more exposure to stress.

PTSD is a common condition among veterans, people that have both PTSD and Bipolar disorder are common and result in a greater burden of symptoms than either condition alone. PTSD along with bipolar increases your risk of suicide and having a rapid cycle through the depressive and manic episodes.

Treating Bipolar in Veterans

A proper evaluation and assessment to receive an accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating bipolar disorder. A psychiatrist or medical professional, like the specialists at our facility in San Diego, can perform diagnostics within 24 hours of your arrival at our mental health facility.

Treatments for bipolar disorder can include medicine, therapy, and natural remedies or a combination of these.

Psychotherapy, otherwise known as talk therapy, can be used for treating bipolar disorders with the aim to help individuals understand their symptoms and triggers so they can better manage their disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (ISPRT) are all psychotherapies specifically used to treat bipolar disorders.

Medications for bipolar disorders can include mood stabilizers, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, antidepressants, and benzodiazepines. Anticonvulsants and antipsychotic medications are typically used to help with manic episodes, while mood stabilizers help control both manic and depressive episodes. Take caution when using benzodiazepines as they are known to be addictive and should only be used until mood stabilizers or antidepressants start taking effect.

Alternative options to help with the treatment of bipolar disorders can include Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and natural remedies. TMS is non-invasive brain stimulation that uses an electromagnetic current to attempt to target areas of the brain that are known to be limited during a period of depression. Natural remedies that can help with symptoms of depressive and/or manic episodes can include fish oils, Rhodiola Rosea, s-adenosylmethionine, n-acetylcysteine, choline, and inositol.

To learn more about the treatments for bipolar disorders please reference our bipolar disorder page.

Transportation, Housing, & Accommodations for Vets

Solara Mental Health is able to provide transportation to and from its facilities in San Diego, CA for most of the TriWest covered states.

Along with transportation, Solara can provide long-term housing at its beautiful Pacific Beach, San Diego residences that are close to the treatment center. These housing accommodations can be provided for both inpatient and outpatient treatment that may follow inpatient treatment.

Veterans may remain in housing for as many weeks or months as the VA insurance authorizes. We often find that the VA authorizes a considerable length of stay, allowing us the ability to provide quality treatment for the amount of time needed to heal and recover.

View our facilities in Pacific Beach to get a preview of what you might expect when choosing Solara Mental Health as your care provider.

Veteran Bipolar Disorder Treatment in San Diego

Solara Mental Health in San Diego is focused on providing a safe environment for veterans to receive treatment for their bipolar disorder. Our mental health facility understands that each veteran will require different needs and resources, and we are prepared to create an individualized treatment plan to best fit their needs.

Solara Mental Health is VA contracted as a community care provider in order to help veterans with their mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder. If authorization occurs, we are able to provide housing, transportation, and accommodations to veterans in our care.

Please reach out to Solara Mental Health if you have any questions or want to learn more about our bipolar disorder program.

What Our Clients Say


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.

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