Maintaining Mood Stability with Bipolar Disorder
Part of the Bipolar Disorder For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The overall treatment plan for helping a person with bipolar disorder is fairly straightforward. The goal is to help the person with bipolar disorder achieve and maintain mood stability.
Take your medications as prescribed, even when you’re feeling good, and consult your doctor before making any medication changes.
Establish routines that ensure a regular sleep-wake schedule. Lack of quality sleep is related to mood instability and is often a warning sign of an impending mood episode.
Ingest healthy stuff and avoid the bad stuff, including alcohol and marijuana, which may interfere with medications.
Exercise. Even a relaxing 30-minute walk every other day can help.
Monitor your moods and seek help sooner rather than later. Early intervention can prevent major mood meltdowns.