A 24-year-old female asked:
how can i keep my manic episodes (bipolar i) or anxiety attacks under control without medication if they come back? i hate meds and the side effects.
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Lifestyle: Best is healthy lifestyle no caffeine no alcohol no illicit drugs exercise if you still have full manic syndrome you are going to need medication may be psych admission if manic watch on change of weathe and stressor balanced diet regular sleep plenty of fluids without caffeine and sugar.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Challenging : Unfortunately risk of recurrence for bipolar disorder is high without continued treatment.
Other considerations include healthy diet, good sleep habits, exercise, avoidance of alcohol and substance use and certain neutraceuticals such as omega 3 fatty acids.
Be mindful that course of illness for bipolar disorder tends to worsen with recurrent episodes.
Last updated Jan 22, 2017
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