Bipolar Disorder is a daily fight inside
your mind. In an instant your world goes from happy to bleak, with no warning
whatsoever. We might not know exactly how you feel, but we are definitely here
to support you. At our offices, we’ve seen many people come through our door
going through every variation of Bipolar Disorder. So, we’ve come up with some
of the best tips and pieces of advice to help you get through the darkest of
times, and prepare for them as well.
Below, you’ll find 9 things you can do
to cope with Bipolar Disorder. While doing these things won’t make your
condition go away, they can definitely help you be prepared for the worst of
1. Learn as much as possible about your illness
There are so
many online sources that can provide information. There's so much that you need
to know about what you are dealing with. That helps you to decrease the stigma
associated with your condition. If you don’t know about Bipolar Disorder, the surprise of the unexpected episodes and
symptoms alone can be overwhelming.
receive treatment with medication, you need to be educated how the medication
works. Know how to take the medication, why it's necessary and what it does.
light of situations that can make you depressed
mental health has to be serious all the time? Not David Granirer, who is a
counselor, stand-up comedian and mental health keynote speaker. Through David's
program Stand Up For Mental Health, he uses comedy to "give mental health consumers a powerful
voice and help reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental illness". You can check out some of their
videos here: http://standupformentalhealth.com/videos/
a mental illness does not define you or your future.
trick that can change your train of thought in an instant: Stop referring to
yourself as "Bipolar". When you define yourself as the mental illness
you are struggling with, you are subconsciously telling yourself that you're
not allowed to be anything else. Telling yourself that you are Bipolar is
telling yourself that you're not allowed to be happy, outgoing, attractive,
positive, selfless, energetic, healthy, creative, or beautiful. If that's what
you want to be, then why not? Unfortunately, we cannot wish mental illnesses
away, but we don't have to let them define who we are. Next time your mental
illness comes up, don't say "I am Bipolar". Say "My name is ___,
and I have Bipolar Disorder." This works with anxiety, depression,
schizophrenia, and every other mental illness out there.
you're not the only one.
of our previous tip, know that others have gone through what you are currently
going through. And we're not talking about just anyone; famous celebrities and
people who have changed the world had Bipolar Disorder as well! People like:
(Fall Out Boy),
just to name a few!
with those around you.
going through an episode of depression or anxiety or mania, it’s hard to let
people know exactly how to help you. Take advantage of periods of normalcy and
let those closest to you, like family, spouses, or friends, know how to best
help you in your most difficult moments.
blame yourself or anything else for your predicament. When you develop a
condition of Bipolar disorder, it's often a family condition or environment
that triggers Bipolar Disorder. Don't feel guilty; it is not your fault.
7. There's a
risk of having more difficulty when you use inappropriate techniques to deal
with your symptoms. We're talking about drugs and alcohol here. Use
professionals who have been trained to deal with what you go through.
8. The more you
are motivated in dealing with your condition, the better you will be able to
9. Know that
each episode doesn’t last forever. You WILL make it through!