Bipolar Coping Strategies
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Bipolar Coping Strategies

There are many additional strategies that can be used to help facilitate recovery from an episode of Bipolar Disorder, and to help prevent another.  Some of the more common strategies follow:
bulletParticipate in pleasant or enjoyable activities
bulletMonitor moods on a daily Basis to catch any early changes in mood pattern.
bulletTake care of problems resulting from mania or depression such as financial problems, job difficulties, making amends to friends etc
bulletDevelop a routine to insure proper rest, relaxation and sleep.  Going to bed, getting up, and eating meals at similar times each day helps maintain a regular routine.
bulletGet sufficient exercise and follow a regular diet.
bulletDeal with interpersonal problems resulting from the bipolar illness
bulletImprove interpersonal effectiveness by learning more assertive ways of expressing oneself, sharing feelings, negotiating interpersonal conflict or dealing with negative relationships
bulletDeal with grief issues associated with the loss of a significant relationship, role in life, or creativity and energy associated with manic states.
bulletDeal with others feelings associated with Bipolar illness (anger, guilt, emptiness, loneliness)
bulletInclude the family in the treatment and recovery process.  Make amends to the family and give them a chance to discuss their experiences, feelings, Questions and concerns.  This includes children as well as adults.
bulletDiscuss openly the fear that offspring will develop bipolar illness
bulletLearn to challenge negative beliefs and thoughts in order to increase the number of positive thoughts
bulletReach out to others to share problems, feelings, and accomplishments.
bulletRely on spirituality of prayer.
bulletLearn to identify early signs of relapse and develop strategies to intervene.  this can reduce the severity of an episode and often less damage caused by a relapse.
bulletThose with a history of suicide attempts or who experience strong thoughts of suicide should develop a safety plan to reduce the chances of acting on suicide impulses.


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