How can I help myself?
Many people say that learning to recognise triggers and early signs of a high or low episode can be really helpful, as when they happen the person affected can seek extra support or take action, such as paying attention to sleeping well.
A healthy, balanced diet can be helpful, as can having regular exercise.
Learning about bipolar disorder and what others have done to help themselves can also be really useful.
How can other people help?
Medication may be prescribed to help with either low or high mood when they happen, or someone might be prescribed mood stabilising medication which is taken longer term. There is evidence that talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help, especially in coping with low mood. Carers and supporters can help the person to recognise when their mood is changing, but should be careful not to assume that all their behaviour is related to having bipolar disorder. Support groups, whether online or face to face, can be very helpful.
Real Life Experience
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