The more you know about
bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to cope
with this lifelong illness. There are many steps that you can take—or help a
loved one take—to recognize and better manage manic episodes.
- Learn the warning signs of a manic episode, and
get early treatment to avoid disruption in your life.
- At the same
time each day, record your mood and any symptoms.
- Take medicines as
instructed by your doctor to help reduce the number of manic
- To help prevent a manic episode, avoid triggers such as
caffeine, alcohol or drug use, and stress.
- Exercise, eat a
balanced diet, get a good night's sleep, and keep a consistent schedule. This can help
reduce minor mood swings that can lead to more severe episodes of
- Have an action plan in place so that if you do have a manic
episode, those who support you can follow the plan and keep you safe.
How do I manage a manic episode?