Welcome to Bipolar in Focus. I'm Jane Pauley. Bipolar is a tough one. One person can't fight the fight alone. It takes a wellness team. Mary Lee Gupta is the Service Coordinator at NAMI New York.
And welcome. Obviously, doctors are going to be on your wellness team. Who are some of the doctors?
A primary care physician definitely, a psychiatrist for the medications that you need for bipolar disorder-
-It might be a therapist, the therapist might be a doctor or might not be a doctor, it might be the same person the psychiatrist, and then you might -- you might also need an endocrinologist.
It depends on the person.
You might want a case manager in order to coordinate care. Some people can coordinate it all but some people may need someone to actually help them make the appointments, get to the appointments,
help them to take their medication at the right time. Find a case manager through your psychiatrist or through your therapist.
You might also want a nutritionist to help to counter some of the side effects of weight gain with some of the medication.
You might want a trainer to help you put together an exercise routine or regimes.
The stress reduction is on the list so that maybe you've got a yoga instructor or a meditation group or even just a meditation routine. Why is this part of the wellness team?
Because I think it's an important way to reduce stress
and I think that's an important part of maintaining recovery and breathing exercises and meditation and yoga are a wonderful ways to reduce stress.
You put family and friends on the wellness team, why?
I think family and friends are a very important part of the support. I also think that family and friends can sometimes communicate with permission of the patient,
with the doctor about concerns that they may have because family members see the person for many more hours in a day than the psychiatrist
and so that they may have some input about how the person is doing.
And sometimes family or friends aren't as good as strangers who are members of support groups.
Support groups. Peer led support groups are a wonderful part of the wellness team. To be among other people who have been through the same kinds of things is an incredible kind of support.
You not only get emotional support from them but you can also learn coping strategies and you can learn about resources.
Would you ever put the patient on the wellness team?
The person with the illness should be driving the team. This is about your recovery.
You need to have the relationship with the psychiatrist and with the therapist and the relationship with all of the people on your team is going to make all of the difference in your success.
These are very, very good ideas. Thank you.
Thank you. Thank you very much for having me.
And thank you for joining us on Bipolar in Focus.