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What should I do if I feel depression or mania starting and I have bipolar disorder?

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Don’t ignore symptoms. Act quickly if you feel an episode of depression or mania coming on. Take extra steps to control your stress. Your doctor can also help guide you to even out your moods. After an episode of depression or mania, give yourself the time you need to recover. If you’ve taken time off from work, pace yourself as you return. This is a time when working part-time may be the best option.

SOURCES: Kessler, R. , June 2005. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Wellness at Work." Po W. Wang, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford School of Medicine.Job Accommodation Network: "Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with bipolar Disorder." National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder." WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder and Going to Work."




Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

SOURCES: Kessler, R. , June 2005. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Wellness at Work." Po W. Wang, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford School of Medicine.Job Accommodation Network: "Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with bipolar Disorder." National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder." WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder and Going to Work."




Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

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