Self-Help Strategies for Bipolar Disorder
There are a variety of methods you can use to help yourself with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). Individuals should take an active role in their own treatment and self-care because feeling better and getting better is an active, daily process. While medications and psychotherapy are usually recommended to treat bipolar disorder, there are additional steps a person can take to improve their condition.
1. Learn More
Learning more about bipolar disorder is the easiest thing a person can do to help themselves. There is a wealth of information online, but there are also some very good self-help books that provide an in-depth understanding of bipolar disorder and techniques that can be used to improve your daily life.
2. Get Support and Understanding
During a manic phase you may be quite unaware that your actions are distressing or damaging to other people. Later, you may feel guilty and ashamed. It can be especially difficult if those around you seem afraid or hostile. It helps if you provide people with information about bipolar disorder.
After going through a manic depressive episode you may find it difficult to trust others, and may want to cut yourself off. These feelings are to be expected after experiencing such difficulties, but it may be far more helpful to talk through your emotions and experiences with friends, family, careers or a counselor.
There are now many support groups — both in the real world and online — where people who have gone through similar problems can come together to support each other. For instance, check out Psych Central’s Bipolar Support Group.
3. Manage Your Own Condition