Maintaining Mood Stability in Bipolar Disorder

By Candida Fink, Joe Kraynak

Part of Bipolar Disorder For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The overall treatment plan that a person with bipolar disorder should follow to achieve and maintain mood stability is fairly straightforward. Follow this treatment plan:

  • Take your medications as prescribed, even when you’re feeling well, 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 and/or disrupt mood regulation.

  • Exercise. Even a relaxing 30-minute walk or 1 to 5 minutes of intensive exercise a few times a week can help health and mood.

  • Monitor your moods and seek help sooner rather than later. Early intervention can prevent major mood meltdowns.