A 21-year-old female asked:
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i have anxiety-depression with bipolar tendencies. i am taking medication and following psychotherapy. how can i help myself in other ways?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep is SACRED !: Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time with friends and stay active.
Answered on Nov 20, 2017
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Dr. Thomas Phillips
32 years experience Clinical Psychology
Yes. Sleep and a healthy lifestyle including a regular schedule or rhythm in life including physical activity and rewarding social contacts.
May 23, 2015
Dr. Joshua Ordway
11 years experience Family Medicine
Exercise! : That's a great question! Exercise has been shown to improve mood as much as medicines. Adding exercise to your medicine could improve your mood. Also, decreasing any tobacco or alcohol use will improve your mood.
Answered on Nov 20, 2017
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
42 years experience Clinical Psychology
Depression: It would be best to talk over with your Clinical Psychologist what your interests and strengths are to tailor a program of self-help for you. Also it would help to clarify what you mean by Bi-Polar tendencies. A Psychiatrist can help you with a correct diagnosis and medication.
Answered on Jul 15, 2019

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