Affiliate of Zirinsky Mood Disorders Center
317 E17th Suite 5F13
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York NY 10003
Our treatment approach is based on an understanding of bipolar disorder as a life-long, chronic illness with unpredictable relapses and remissions. In this way, it is similar to cardio-vascular disease or diabetes. And just as these illnesses are often openly discussed with close others, we believe that the treatment of bipolar disorder should include family members and loved ones who want to participate.
From decades of combined experience in treating bipolar disorder, we have observed that when willing families are excluded from treatment there can be unnecessary pain, frustration, isolation and misunderstanding. The primary caregivers, demoralized, may themselves suffer from a variety of psychiatric symptoms resulting from stress. Children may feel confused and scared. All of these factors make the involvement of family and loved ones a necessary part of the treatments that we offer.
For more information, or to schedule an evaluation at the Family Center, please contact Latavia Love at (212) 420-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Family Center offers a variety of services aimed at treating bipolar disorder and providing family support. Follow the links below to learn more about each one:
The Family Center for Bipolar offers evaluations that are conducted by a team of specialists for either a diagnosis or a second opinion on treatment.
What to expect from an evaluation:
At the Family Center, if you have bipolar disorder the first step is the evaluation.
After you complete your evaluation and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder has been established or confirmed, you will select one or more treatment partners and begin your treatment. FIT is a unique program that is specifically tailored to the needs of each family that we treat. Depending on your specific situation, FIT treatment may include any number of elements, such as individual psychotherapy, family therapy, couple's therapy, and/or supportive therapy for your child(ren).
Throughout the course of your treatment, this is what you and your loved ones can expect:
The Family Center offers two weekly therapy groups for our clients:
In the “Interpersonal Effectiveness” group you will learn and put to practice the three essential skills; mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal competence. Simply put, you will learn to become mindful of your internal experiences and surf the emotional waves without becoming crushed by them. In a supportive environment you will practice negotiating solutions to conflicts, asking for what you need and listening with open mind. This practice can help you to alter the course of your relationships and improve the quality of your life.
The “Sane eating” group’s goal is to help you gain freedom from unhealthy persistent eating habits. The group will not teach you what to eat beyond some basic nutritional facts. Instead, using the wisdom of psychotherapy, it will help you to develop a healthy relationship with food. You will learn to understand and change the ways you think about and respond to impulses to eat. Stress reduction and emotional balance are additional anticipated benefits.
For more information or to sign up please call Dr. Gaiane Kazariants at (212) 844-1742
People diagnosed with bipolar disorder are known to be at an increased risk of a suicide attempt. In fact, studies show that bipolar individuals are 20-30 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population. Some findings suggest that suicide is the leading cause of untimely death in people with bipolar disorder, with 25-50% of bipolar patients attempting suicide at least once throughout their lifetime.
These alarmingly high rates constitute a serious public health issue that affects not only the bipolar patients themselves, but also their families and friends. The Family Center for Bipolar is dedicated to spreading awareness about the high risk of suicide in bipolar disorder and the vital implications of timely interventions for bipolar patients. To this end, our staff at the Family Center offers suicide-risk evaluations for concerned family members, spouses and friends of bipolar individuals. Our evaluations include:
Patients in an acute phase of the illness can be hospitalized in a general psychiatric unit at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Although the psychiatric inpatient units at Beth Israel are not exclusive to Family Center patients, clients of the Family Center will be continuously monitored by one of the Center's Bipolar Specialists during their stay in the hospital.
The Bipolar Specialist will be an integral part of the patient's treatment team which will also include an attending Beth Israel psychiatrist, a resident psychiatrist, a social worker, an occupational therapist, a psychologist and a nurse. The Bipolar Specialist assigned to the case will help to inform the patient's treatment plan, maintain close contact with the patient's family during his/her hospitalization, and facilitate the transition from inpatient to outpatient treatment after discharge.
Patients from the Family Center receive inpatient treatment that is unique in three ways:
There are three inpatient units at Beth Israel, each with a different profile. The Psychiatry Department publishes a full description of the three units here. Briefly, the three units are divided as follows:
Depending on the patient’s age and the nature of the acute episode, he/she will be admitted to the appropriate unit and the treatment will be tailored accordingly.