Living with Bipolar Disorder
It’s therefore important that people with the condition see their healthcare providers regularly, follow their treatment plan, and take all medications as prescribed. As well, any changes in health status should be reported to healthcare providers. Know that even with long-term treatment, mood changes can occur.
If you have bipolar disorder, there are several things you can do in addition to medical treatment to help manage the condition:
- Talk with your doctor regularly.
- Maintain a regular routine (including meal times and when you go to bed and wake up).
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Take medication regularly.
- Learn about warning signs of a shift into depression or mania.
As well, know where you can find addition support. Your healthcare team can be great support resource. Additional sources for help include community mental health centers, hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics, bipolar disorder support groups, and church groups.
If You or Someone You Know Is in Crisis…
If you are thinking about harming yourself or know someone who is, this is an emergency. Call for help immediately. Call your doctor, dial 9-1-1, or go to the emergency room. Ask a friend for help if you’re not able to do these things on your own.
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or speak to a trained counselor at 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889).
A person who is considering suicide should never be left alone.
NIMH » Bipolar Disorder
This brochure describes the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options for bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness), a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
Bipolar Disorder | HealthyWomen
What Is It?Bipolar disorder is characterized by intense episodes of elation or irritability and despair, with any combination of mood experiences in between, including periods of normal moods.