How do I manage rapid cycling bipolar disorder on a daily basis?
Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can manage symptoms of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder by seeing your mental health expert regularly and taking your medications as prescribed.  Practicing healthy lifestyle habits such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, keeping a regular daily schedule, avoiding stress, and eating a balanced diet are important measures that you will help you manage, as well.  Talk to your doctor about medication options and intolerable side effects. Educate yourself about your illness and your medications. Learn about warning signs that signal significant mood shifts and seek supportive others that will help you with this.  Loved ones are often able to see signs sooner than you may be able to.  Their input may enable you to seek help and prevent an extreme shift in mood.

To manage your rapid cycling bipolar disorder on a daily basis, make sure to keep all of your counseling appointments and take your medications exactly as they were prescribed. Medication and therapy are often effective, but only if they are approached consistently. Quit using drugs and alcohol, as they can trigger episodes. Try to live a healthy lifestyle, getting plenty of sleep and exercise. In addition, steer clear of people who might encourage you to engage in risky or harmful behavior, especially when you are in a manic state, and seek out people who understand your condition and will give you the support you need.

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