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Why is bipolar education so important?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
When you understand bipolar disorder, you can learn to recognize your own symptoms of various moods before they become more severe. That gives you a chance to call your doctor about your symptoms and to work together to manage them. In addition, knowledge about the disorder will help you understand the medications you are taking and the side effects that may arise. You can then talk with your doctor about any side effects you experience and decide which you can deal with and which may make it necessary to adjust your dose, change your medication, or add other medication to your treatment regimen. It is also helpful to learn about lifestyle changes you can make, such as avoiding stimulants (caffeine and nicotine) and alcohol, that may help you control your mood symptoms.

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