How can I set life goals if I have bipolar disorder?

Identifying life goals and looking toward the future can assist in the process of recovery for someone with Bipolar Disorder. The U.S. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance has created a list of self-reflective questions to help people determine these goals. Initially, small or even daily goals may be as much as someone can do, but over time, long term goals may also be possible. Healthcare professionals can work with patients on a periodic, regular basis to answer some, if not all, of the following questions:
  • What motivates me?
  • What interests me?
  • What would I do more of if I could?
  • What do I want?
  • What do I care about, or what did I care about before my illness?
  • Where do I want my life to go?
  • What brings me joy?
  • What are my hopes and dreams?

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