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Living with Bipolar Disorder

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If you have bipolar disorder, learning to live with it can be a challenge. Thankfully, there is much you can do to make your life easier.

In the early days after you learn you have bipolar disorder, you will want to educate yourself. The more you know about bipolar disorder, the easier it will be to talk to your health care professional.

You should learn to know yourself well enough to recognize the warnings signs that a bipolar disorder episode is about to hit. If you can list the symptoms of your last episode , you should have a good idea of what you are looking for. Pay close attention to such things as change in self esteem, appetite, energy levels, and sleep patterns. In fact, most experts say changes in sleep is the most noticeable indication - any change in sleep should be addressed immediately.

Environmental/outside factors must be monitored. These factors include, stress, problems at work, problems with relationships, and money issues. It has also been discovered that many people with bipolar disorder are affected by change in weather seasons.
It may be helpful to keep a journal. Write down your moods, how you feel each day. Also write down any medicines you are taking, as well as any drug or alcohol consumption. Doing so will not only help you notice trends, it will also be a great tool to use to talk with your health care professional.

Life style habits can make significant differences for someone with Bipolar Disorder. These habits include: setting and keeping a routine, get enough exercise, taking a multi vitamin, spending time in the sun, and eating healthy.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Loneliness is a Major cause of depression, so make sure you spend plenty of time with supportive friends/family. You might also consider joining a support group. It often helps to share your experiences with people who truly know where you are coming from. Others in the group may have advice that you will benefit from, or you may be able to share helpful advice with others. Ether way, it will be great to socialize with people you know you have something in common with. Or, you may feel more comfortable seeking out a therapist. Ether way it will help to talk.
Living with Bipolar Disorder can be a challenge. The good news is that it is manageable. With the right combination of medication, life style choices, and a great support system, you can live a healthy, happy life.

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