Managing Your Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder can be overwhelming causing constant shifting energy levels, sleep difficulties and intrusive anxiety. However, by taking small feasible steps, you can feel better by managing your symptoms.

Here are some effective ways to manage your bipolar disorder:

  • Professional help is crucial for managing bipolar disorder: If you are not receiving any treatment for your bipolar disorder, contact a practitioner right away.
  • Follow your doctor’s precise instructions when taking your medication: If you are having negative side-effects to your medication, try not to stop taking your medication. Instead, speak with your doctor right away.
  • Be organized about your medication to make it easier to remember: We recommend filling up at least three pillboxes at a time and keep them in different places so you are less likely to forget to take them.
  • Keep a daily chart of your mood: Sleep, irritability, anxiety, and any other important habits or symptoms should be tracked. This can be helpful for you to prevent a mood episode or lessen its severity. It can also help you to notice any changes in pattern. For example, if you notice that you’re taking less interest in things and are sleeping more, you know something is not right. Make sure you check in with your doctor if this happens to you.
  • Create a Bedtime Routine: As we mentioned, if you notice longer sleep patterns, you should seek help. However, sleep is still critical. Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest triggers for a manic episode. A routine is also an effective strategy for facilitating sleep. It signals to your brain and body that it is time to rest. Try taking a hot bath, meditate or do some light reading to calm you down.
  • Avoid Alcohol and Drugs: Both alcohol and drugs can worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder and disrupt sleep. They can also elevate mood instability and impulsivity, and might even lead to a manic or depressive episode.

Resource: PsychCentral


Medically reviewed by:

Dr Roy Kedem, MD

Dr Zenon Andreou studied medicine at University College London, graduating in 2006. His postgraduate training was in hospitals in and around London and he trained for four years in Otolaryngology before completing his training in General practice

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