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What are tips for managing my bipolar disorder?

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To manage your bipolar disorder:

  • See your doctor and therapist, and take your medicines
  • Stick to a daily schedule to control your mood.
  • Pay attention to your sleep, since lack of sleep can sometimes trigger mania or be a sign of a symptom flare.
  • Exercise.
  • Eat well, favoring fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. And cut down on fat, salt, and sugar.
  • Tame stress.
  • Limit caffeine, since it can affect your mood.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association.  National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).  American Psychiatric Association.  National Institute of Mental Health.  Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder.  Compton, M. , ACP Medicine.






Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association.  National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).  American Psychiatric Association.  National Institute of Mental Health.  Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder.  Compton, M. , ACP Medicine.






Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

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