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How to recover from bipolar disorder


Recovery from bipolar disorder (for me anyway) does not mean cure, it means management. It is not something you can resolve once and for all and then put it behind you, it is an ongoing process. You have to be vigilant, even when you’re well. Especially when you’re well. Recovery from bipolar disorder means being stable (mostly), living without symptoms (mostly) and being able to function well (most of the time). To get to this place you have to get the correct diagnosis in the first place and then accept that you do, indeed, have a mental illness.

You have to find a psychiatrist, see him/her regularly for a long time, follow his/her advice and take the (constantly changing) medication. You need to out find out as much as you can about your illness by reading books and using the resources of organisations such as The Black Dog Institute and SANE. Attend wellness programs and go to talks, lectures and seminars. Go to a support group where you can talk to and learn from others in a similar situation.

Learn how to channel your mental illness into positive pursuits such as writing, drawing and painting or gardening, quilting or dancing. Nurture supportive close relationships with your family and friends. Find out about yourself and how your illness presents and affects you. Learn to recognise your triggers and early warning signs, both avoidable and unavoidable ones. And understand that, even if you take your medication religiously, you will still swing. Not wildly, but more than you would like to. The most important aspect of recovery is to make sure you’re not too hard on yourself.

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  • MARK June 17th, 2013 at 2:16 pm #1

    TRY NOT TO LET YOUR PARTNER // YOURSELF PUSH EACH OTHER AWAY SUPPORT AND LOVE THEM AS MUCH AS YOU CAN . DONT LET EACH FALL TRAP TO THEIR SICKNESS . HELP AND PRAISE ANY GOOD TIMES YOU MAY EXPERIENCE TOGETHER

  • BOP June 17th, 2013 at 8:47 pm #2

    Celebrate the good times and hang on in the bad.

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