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I have been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Does anyone have any tips for how to cope?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree
In brief: Structure
There is evidence that creating structure to your life, also called rhythm therapy, can minimize your episodes.
This is especially true of sleep which needs to be as consistent as possible. Make sure you take your medications as prescribed and be as honest as you can with your prescriber about side effects so you can work together to find the best combination of treatment.

In brief: Structure
There is evidence that creating structure to your life, also called rhythm therapy, can minimize your episodes.
This is especially true of sleep which needs to be as consistent as possible. Make sure you take your medications as prescribed and be as honest as you can with your prescriber about side effects so you can work together to find the best combination of treatment.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Dr. Alfredo Soto
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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Work with your doc
Develop (and maintain) a good working relationship with your psychiatrist.
Let him or her know of any changes in your condition, especially mood, sleep, activity level, or destructive thoughts or actions. Be sure to take your medicine as prescribed. Avoid alcohol and other intoxicants, as much as possible. These measures may help prevent and minimize episodes of mood disorder.

In brief: Work with your doc
Develop (and maintain) a good working relationship with your psychiatrist.
Let him or her know of any changes in your condition, especially mood, sleep, activity level, or destructive thoughts or actions. Be sure to take your medicine as prescribed. Avoid alcohol and other intoxicants, as much as possible. These measures may help prevent and minimize episodes of mood disorder.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lifestyle
Agree with all the other answers about needing to take meds and working with doctor. Also as important is not looking at it as learning to cope, but instead realizing you have a chronic disease that is going to need long term changes in how you lead your life, to minimize flare-ups of the disorder. This advice holds true for any chronic disease - whether asthma, diabetes, heart disease or bipolar.

In brief: Lifestyle
Agree with all the other answers about needing to take meds and working with doctor. Also as important is not looking at it as learning to cope, but instead realizing you have a chronic disease that is going to need long term changes in how you lead your life, to minimize flare-ups of the disorder. This advice holds true for any chronic disease - whether asthma, diabetes, heart disease or bipolar.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Mood stabilizers
As dr miles and dr soto said, the most important thing is to find a psychiatrist you can trust.
Bipolar disorder almost always requires medication. Medications such as lithium, Depakote or Lamictal are called mood stabilizers because they help attenuate and prevent both manic and depressive episodes. Antidepressants (ad) may rarely be used with a mood stabilizer, but ad alone may induce mania.

In brief: Mood stabilizers
As dr miles and dr soto said, the most important thing is to find a psychiatrist you can trust.
Bipolar disorder almost always requires medication. Medications such as lithium, Depakote or Lamictal are called mood stabilizers because they help attenuate and prevent both manic and depressive episodes. Antidepressants (ad) may rarely be used with a mood stabilizer, but ad alone may induce mania.
Dr. John Moranville
Dr. John Moranville
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