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What is the best way to manage mood swings with bipolar disorder?

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It’s tough to go through the mood swings of bipolar disorder. Depression can make it hard to do the things you want and need to do. During manic periods, you may be reckless and volatile.

The best way to avoid mood swings is to get treatment. You may not be able to totally avoid bouts of mania or depression. Even people who always take their medication and take care of their health can still have mood swings from time to time. That's why it's important to catch changes in your mood, energy levels, and sleeping patterns before they turn into something serious.

From: Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,5, American Psychiatric Association. 

The Nations Voice 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."

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002.  The Lancet,

Kaufman, K. June, 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry,

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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