What To Do If You've Been Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

What To Do If You’ve Been Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

The need of the hour is to address the issue of the mental health of individuals. This is often neglected and not taken seriously. In bipolar disorder, a person is in severe discomfort. A person suffers from unusual mood shifts while carrying out day-to-day work. His motivation level, mood, concentration, and focus can change at any time. 

There are 3 types of bipolar disorders; bipolar I disorder bipolar II disorder and Cyclothymiacs Disorder. When you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you should follow the instructions of the doctor carefully. Along with medication, you should take up psychotherapy. You can talk to a supportive person, join a support group and talk to a therapist. Here is the detail of what you can do:  

Types of bipolar disorders

Bipolar I disorder: The manic episodes can last up to 1 week; the patient may need to be hospitalized. He can go through extremely energetic (manic) and depressing moods. In an extremely up mood, he feels energized and irritable while in a down mood he is sad and depressed.   

Bipolar II disorder: In this, a person feels a period of depression and a period of good mood. They suffer fewer manic episodes and more depressive episodes than individuals suffering from bipolar disorder I.

Cyclothymia Disorder: It is a mild mood disorder. It is not as extreme as bipolar disorder I and II.

How to deal with bipolar disorder

Take your treatment seriously

You should be aware that you may be suffering from bipolar disorder but you are not powerless and helpless. If you have any unhealthy habits in your life like smoking, excessive drinking, etc then you should quit them immediately. You should study the disease, become well informed on every aspect of bipolar disorder. You should also search on all the methods of treatment, ask questions from the doctor and get involved in the treatment process. You should also take up therapy along with medication. Discuss your situation with your doctor and make changes to your medicine and lifestyle, so you could recover from bipolar disorder. 

Importance of therapy

Medicine cannot rectify all the symptoms of bipolar disorder. You have to take up therapy as well. The therapy process will enable you to learn how to tackle your mood swings and how to lessen the episodes . Talking with the therapist will ease the recovery process and the therapist will be able to help you out in it.  

Keep a check on your mood

You should keep a close eye on your mood triggers. What are the things which make the episodes possible? Monitor your mood and act immediately to avoid manic or depressive episodes. You can make a chart of triggers and be aware of those red flags. Talk to the support group about them. You can also ask for suggestions from a therapist to deal with the things that lead to your severe mood swings.  

Stay connected

You should not isolate yourself when you are suffering from bipolar disorder. It would be beneficial for you to talk to your loved ones and close friends about your situation. Someone who has recovered from bipolar disorder can help you through the journey.

Develop an active lifestyle

You should make some healthy habits and keep yourself busy with them. Exercise daily, play your favorite sports, and make new friends. You should avoid unhealthy life habits, cut down on sugar, caffeine, and nicotine. You should keep up with a consistent sleeping schedule. Sleeping for fewer hours can trigger manic episodes and sleeping too much can also become a trigger for your mood swings. So sleep at least 8 hours. 

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