Bipolar Disorder: Handling the Holidays
With a little planning you can avoid holiday depression, anxiety, and mania -- and enjoy the season.
Caring for Yourself
The holidays are a time when we're encouraged to think about other people
instead of ourselves. That's fine, to a point.
But if you focus so much on other people that you neglect yourself, you're
at higher risk of descending into mania or depression.
That's not good for anyone.
"Your first order of business during the holidays has to be taking care
of yourself," says Thase. "If you don't, all sorts of bad things can
Thase compares living with bipolar disorder to diabetes. "Just as diabetics can't eat all of
the sweets during the holidays, people with bipolar disorder have to take extra
precautions," he tells WebMD. "But if you take those precautions, the
holidays really can go well."
So this holiday season, plan ahead, keep to your schedule, and scale back
your expectations. If you do, you can beat holiday depression, mania, anxiety,
and hassles -- and enjoy the season. That's good for you as a person living
with bipolar disorder -- and for your loved ones too.