Hey shelby, Would it be possible for you to give me as much info on bipolar disorder as possible? I’m not sure if I have it I just don’t know why I feel the way that I feel, sometimes I feel so happy and confident n creative n irritable and other times I feel so done with life and that nothing matters and everything is pointless also angry and frustrated. I just don’t have anyone I can talk to about how I feel and I don’t know why I feel this way:( thank you x

shelbys-advice-blog:

Hi darling, xx

I’m will totally give you as much information on bipolar disorder. But I would like to know if you could maybe do something for me? Reach out and talk to your doctor about your concerns about possibly having bipolar disorder. Like all disorders, it needs to be professionally diagnosed to help you receive the most help and the proper treatment 🙂 

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood ranging from a manic to a depressive state. Bipolar disorder is also called bipolar disease or manic depression.

Step-by-Step Coping:      

Blogs

Recommended Resources

Dozens of articles

Related Topics

Connect with Others

Dealing with bipolar disorder/ manic depression

Once you’ve looked over those links. I have some general advice and a few more links on what you could do here plus I have some coping skills for you:

Finding Therapy, Doctors, & Medication

Preparing for Appointments

Navigating the Appointment

Getting a Diagnosis

My favorite coping skills:

  • Watching food shows on TV
  • Taking a walk/getting fresh air
  • Online shopping
  • Listening to calming music
  • Calling a friend
  • Actually get outta your house. Do things- keep busy
  • Doing art projects
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Doing my makeup
  • Planning something such as a sleepover or a movie/date night with Andrew.

I understand that your concerned that you possibly may have bipolar/depression. But once again. I’m going to urge you to speak to your doctor about how you’re feeling and what’s exactly going on. You are worthy of getting help. ❤ 🙂

Living with bipolar disorder: What you can do to help yourself

Living well with bipolar disorder requires certain adjustments. Like recovering alcoholics who avoid drinking or diabetics who take insulin, if you have bipolar disorder, it’s important to make healthy choices for yourself. Making these healthy choices will help you keep your symptoms under control, minimize mood episodes, and take control of your life.

Managing bipolar disorder starts with proper treatment, including medication and therapy. But there is so much more you can do to help yourself on a day-to-day basis. The daily decisions you make influence the course of your illness: whether your symptoms get better or worse; whether you stay well or experience a relapse; and how quickly you rebound from a mood episode.

Other tips for successful bipolar disorder treatment:

  • Be patient. Don’t expect an immediate and total cure. Have patience with the treatment process. It can take time to find the right program that works for you.
  • Communicate with your treatment provider. Your treatment program will change over time, so keep in close contact with your doctor or therapist. Talk to your provider if your condition or needs change and be honest about your symptoms and any medication side effects.
  • Take your medication as instructed. If you’re taking medication, follow all instructions and take it faithfully. Don’t skip or change your dose without first talking with your doctor.
  • Get therapy. While medication may be able to manage some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder, therapy teaches you skills you can use in all areas of your life. Therapy can help you learn how to deal with your disorder, cope with problems, regulate your mood, change the way you think, and improve your relationships.

Develop a wellness toolbox

If you spot any warning signs of mania or depression, it’s important to act swiftly. In such times, it’s helpful to have a wellness toolbox to draw from. A wellness toolbox consists of coping skills and activities you can do to maintain a stable mood or to get better when you’re feeling “off.”

The coping techniques that work best will be unique to your situation, symptoms, and preferences. It takes experimentation and time to find a winning strategy. However, many people with bipolar disorder have found the following tools to be helpful in reducing symptoms and maintaining wellness:

  • talk to a supportive person
  • get a full eight hours of sleep
  • cut back on your activities
  • attend a support group
  • call your doctor or therapist
  • do something fun or creative
  • take time for yourself to relax and unwind
  • write in your journal
  • exercise
  • ask for extra help from loved ones
  • cut back on sugar, alcohol, and caffeine
  • increase your exposure to light
  • increase or decrease the stimulation in your environment

Create an emergency action plan

Despite your best efforts, there may be times when you experience a relapse into full-blown mania or severe depression. In crisis situations where your safety is at stake, your loved ones or doctor may have to take charge of your care. Such times can leave you feeling helpless and out of control, but having a crisis plan in place allows you to maintain some degree of maintain some degree of responsibility for your own treatment.

More help for bipolar support

(more here.)

Please let me know if you ever need some more help or advice. I’m always here xoxo

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