If you have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, you have probably been prescribed one or more medications to help control your symptoms. While there are many things you can do that will help decrease the likelihood of relapse and also help with the symptoms you continue to experience when you're not...Read More
Yes, people with bipolar disorder are often first misdiagnosed, most often with depression. A study a few years back found that, on average, it took individuals 9 years to get an accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, being misdiagnosed usually means the bipolar disorder is not properly medicated, which...Read More
A life chart (mood chart) helps you to take a more in-depth historical look at how you have experienced your bipolar disorder since its onset, as well as helping you to keep track of current episodes as they happen.
Life charting can be incredibly useful to help detect patterns in your episodes...Read More
The following steps are suggestions for how to create your own life chart for bipolar disorder and things you might want to include in the chart to make it most useful:
- Taking a blank piece of paper, draw a straight, horizontal line across the middle of the page. This is your timeline, and the beginning
Although we often don't realize it, the way we talk to ourselves has a big impact on how we feel. When we judge ourselves, we trigger painful emotions such as anger, anxiety, disappointment and sadness; and it lowers our self-esteem.
Consider these questions to help you think about how self-judgmental...Read More