Bipolar disorder's symptoms, effects and complications can be quite varied. Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can learn how to cope with the highs and the lows of this disorder. However, for these things to work you need to be both consistent and conscientious. There are also some things that the people who care about you can do to help you keep this disorder in check as well.
Taking Bipolar Treatment Plans Seriously
One of the keys to navigating a relationship with someone who is bipolar is to focus on what you can control. This means that you will need to recognize that this disorder exists, making and adhering to treatment plans and minimize any trigger-associated reactions. All of these things are important because whenever bipolar is undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or untreated it can wreak havoc on everyone's well being.
Conscientiousness - Surviving Bipolar Ups and Downs
It is important to recognize the unpredictability of human emotions. Whenever left untreated or trying to self-treat bipolar disorder things can get even more unpredictable. Some people may turn to drugs and alcohol when the best thing that they could do for themselves is to abstain. At the same time, it is important to become educated about this disorder and the variables that affect it so that you will be able to take conscientious action.
Man vs. Manic Depression
You can easily become preoccupied with and anxious about the bipolar patient's every move if your thoughts and actions always revolve around them. While the patient may feel as though their feelings are beyond their control your self-respect and self worth shouldn't be battered by their uncaring acts and words. It will require some effort but a person with bipolar disorder can minimize the unpredictability of their moods by:
- Abstain from drugs and alcohol
- Take your medications as prescribed
- Meet with your doctor on a regular basis
- Maintain a stable schedule
It is also important to separate the person from their disorder. This can be difficult to do at times because a lot of patients will either over-identify or under-identify with their illness. In order to avoid doing either of these things you should:
- Bipolar disorder can be treated
- You can use your skills and strengths to minimize its effects on your life
- Your circumstances will pass
- Medication is only one of the possible solutions