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What are other steps to fight depression in bipolar disorder?

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You can take other steps to fight depression, too:

  • Don’t drink alcohol or use drugs. They can make your mood worse and keep your medications from working.
  • Stick to a routine. Try to go to bed, wake up, exercise, and take your medicines at the same time every day.
  • Don’t make major life changes while you’re depressed. Your doctor or therapist may be able to help you schedule absences from work if you need them.
  • Ask a family member of friend for support. They can help you keep up with your appointments and medications.

Cleveland Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association: “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

Cleveland Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association: “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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