What is a Panic Attack?

A woman named Bella in her mid 30’s was once rushed to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. She was profusely sweating and she felt like her heart was racing at one instance, such that she was unable to take a breath. She and her husband were certain that, she had a heartache. But, […]

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Internet Addiction

Do you play video games on the Internet in overabundance? Are you enthusiastically shopping online? Can’t physically quit checking Facebook? If your answer is yes for any of these questions, you may have the internet addiction.   The world which we live in today is full of advanced technological inventions. Nowadays education, entertainment, communication, and […]

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Is Schizophrenia Genetic?

All of us are aware of how genetics plays an important role in various illnesses. But, have you ever imagined as to what has heredity to do with Schizophrenia? This is one of the common questions many people ask whether schizophrenia is a hereditary disease. The answer is yes and no! Yes, Schizophrenia does have […]

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Guide for caregivers for Schiz...

Schizophrenia can affect an individual to an extent that they turn incapable to taking care of themselves. At this time, the role of a caregiver, family or friend, becomes important. Taking care of an individual with schizophrenia can be very difficult as they can get aggressive or rigid suddenly due to their symptoms. Medications and […]

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Food Addiction

Is your loved one eating in excess, or even more than what is essential for their proper nutrition or a healthy living? Then, it may be a sign or indication of food addiction. Here a person perpetually engages in ravaging behaviors of overeating. This is the reason for which some people cannot sway themselves around […]

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Bipolar disorder: Self-help a great way to be in control of oneself

How funny, isn’t it, to be asking someone to be in control when his or her entire d2self is struggling to strike a balance between seemingly uncontrollable impulses and normal human behaviour? A self-help regimen can go a long way in addressing such mental issues commonly known by their medical terminology of bipolar disorder.

Solution within!

Also, sometimes described as manic depression, the solution to the problem, in fact, lies within oneself and it all begins with self-care. All this is not to suggest that one should put a halt to medications and psychotherapy. Self-help is a normal process of taking care to feel good and happy alongside even as you go through your daily work-schedule. So, how to go about self-helping oneself?

The first simple step towards self help is self-education about the bipolar disorder.

Self-education

There is a plethora of useful and interestingly written articles and studies on the disease. The information is freely available on the internet and in online medical journals, web portals of well known mental healthcare institutions, etc. Knowing about your disease serves an important objective of helping you to be one with yourself and intelligently be conscious of one’s actions rather than let yourself be carried away by your own impulses.

Pre-empt mood swings

As a patient gets more knowledgeable about his or her bipolar conditions a first important battle against ignorance is already won. Now it is the time for pre-emptive action and taking control of one’s wavering mood before it takes you for ride. But it’s not that easy to make out if your bipolar outburst is an early sign of a bout of manic episode or a reflection of a self – strong and in control of circumstances.

Controlling manic episode

There are many ways of knowing about the onset of a manic episode in a person. The steps may include:

  • Preparing a checklist to identify onset of mood swings and how to control them
  • Doing exercises to control mood swings
  • Maintaining mood diaries chronicling mood conditions in the morning, afternoon and evening
  • Tips about self-medication

The key to the success of self-help is to know and be confident about your ability to manage your disease even in the absence of a psychiatrist or a doctor.

Be open and frank

Being open and frank about your bipolar disorder is important. Onset of a manic episode is the most destabilising and emotionally draining phases in the life of a bipolar disorder patient. Abnormal behavioural pattern that follows such episodes often leaves people around with little knowledge about the disease quite offended and often aggressive towards the patient. Talking to people about the disease is helpful in creating awareness about the disease and saves the patient from withdrawing from public life.

Daily routine

Following a daily routine helps combat bipolar disorder more effectively. This implies that along with medicines, a patient also needs to make effort to maintain a daily routine of having quality and nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle. Adequate sleep, exercise, intake of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, stress free life and complementary therapies like message and reflexology are also helpful in dealing with bipolar disorder.

 

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