A Practical Guide to Managing Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Bipolar disorder symptoms affect 5.7 million adult Americans. The symptoms of bipolar disorder range from depression to mania, and those who are suffering from the mood disorder sometimes feel that they are alone and aren’t sure how to conquer their symptoms. Here are some tips on managing your bipolar disorder symptoms:

Stay on top of your medications. This means take them when required to do so, make sure you understand the side effects, and let all of your specialists know about all of the medications you are taking.

Seek counseling. Talk therapy, group therapy, and one-on-one counseling have all proven to be successful treatment avenues for people with bipolar disorder.
Build an encouraging and positive network of friends and family. It’s best when the people who know and love you take an active part in your treatment, as they can spot a mood swing in time for you to seek help. At BPHope.com, you’ll find a supportive community forum where you can discuss your thoughts and concerns in a cooperative, moderated environment.

Exercise & Eat Right. Whether it’s swimming, dancing, walking, hiking, jogging, bicycling, weight lifting, or any other type of exercise, you’re not only staving off bipolar symptoms, you are improving both your mental and physical well-being. A healthy diet will move you in this same direction.
Stay clear of drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol exacerbate the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Educate yourself. When you read everything you can find about bipolar disorder — including the dozens of articles on BPHope.com, you’ll be able to arm yourself with the knowledge necessary to take charge of your good health.

Keep a mood chart/diary. Jot down your moods on a daily basis, try to include diet, exercise, social life, sleep patterns, etc. This will help you be able to spot trends and allow you to seek medical attention more quickly.

If you are suffering from bipolar disorder symptoms, and would like to learn more about the symptoms of bipolar disorder, treatments, research, etc., visit BPHope.com today. This online magazine is dedicated to helping those with bipolar disorder find hope and harmony in their lives. Join their online community forum and discuss your concerns with other people who have bipolar disorder.