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Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Bipolar Disorder, Depression, News

Tips to Cope With Manic Depression

Manic depression is not always chronic, and individuals can recover from it. Employing self-strategies to cope with manic depression or bipolar disorder is important as it can help control the condition better. Typically psychotherapy and medicines are advised to treat manic depression, but actively involving in self-care too can help one get better soon.

bipolar disorder can be managedUnderstanding and creating awareness

The more you learn about bipolar disorder, the better equipped you are to tackle it. There are numerous resources that explain about manic depression and associated treatments as well as techniques that can help in improving your quality of life. Also, as you understand more about manic depression, you will be able to pick up signs every time the condition surfaces. Once you gain a better understanding of these patterns, you will also be able to mitigate the effect of these mood swings before they grow in intensity.

Seeking the support of your loved ones

When a manic episode surfaces, you may not realize how you act or react. If you’ve ended up hurting or distressing someone close to you during one such instance, it is likely that you’ve felt guilty afterward. To avoid any misunderstandings, it is always good to inform your loved ones about the condition so they can support you. Also, you may feel like cutting yourself away from people or face trust issues post-manic phase, but it’s better to talk it out with your near and dear ones, or a counselor who can help you through it.

Doing it yourself

When you start tracking the occurrences of these manic episodes, it may sometimes become difficult to tell if it is actually a bipolar phase or otherwise. You may find it strenuous to keep a tab on the symptoms, especially when you’ve just learned about how and why bipolar disorders work. However, you should just try to brace yourself and keep going. You can maintain a journal to track your mood at different times of the day. Get a routine in place so you get enough sleep, practice a good diet and get some exercise every day. You may want to take up a job part-time until you recover from manic depression, to avoid any stressful situations. You could try participating in stress-free activities like swimming, yoga and meditation until you get better. Complementary therapies like massage and reflexology can also help.