I am bp type II, and as mentioned, our episodes I find are much longer and more severe. I am not able to be on any antidepressants as they all cause rapid cycling and mania. So--coping for me is basically a must since I don't have the meds to help me through. Coping for me gets really tough because bf and I fight a lot when I'm down, and so that takes too much energy away from me and so I am not able to focus on coping as much.
I am trying my best to exercise everyday now, so I am hoping that helps. Once the warm weather gets here I will also be doing much better.
Also there is that increased anxiety and panic attacks to manage as well so that just adds to it.
I think Bill had a good point: sometimes I get myself worked up over it which leads to me getting totally overwhelmed, so I think on those days where I can accpet it more, I'm able to take it moment by moment or hour by bour as I am supposed to be doing, which is another big help--taking it slowww... and being easy on myself.
I watch L&O SVU. Love it because it makes my life seem easy and because ALL of the bad stuff is brought to a conclusion within 1 hour. I don't feel bad when I watch it. It can get me out of a depression sometimes.
Caffiene is evil. Yes, it can temporarily lift a depression, but it can give a wicked cycle. If I have caffiene, I will go through ultraradian cycling starting sometime within 12 hours of having the caffiene. It is miserable and overwhelming. The further this BP progresses, the more affect caffiene has on me and the faster the caffiene cycle gets. Scary fast.
I had a sudden realization that I am overweight. Sucks to admit it finally. :( But I started a "carb-free" diet. That name isn't right. A true carb-free diet will kill you eventually. I'm eating grain-free, no processed sugar, no fruit juice. This is a new thing (2 days now). The first day is so hard! Then it gets easier. I have more energy than ever - like caffiene except stable, not jittery, and not bad for my mental health. This diet is supposed to help my "brain cooties" too.
I used to eat sweets like crazy when I was hypomanic, and then binge on sweet and starchy things when depressed. I put on some weight!
My high-fat no-sugar diet seems to be working. I lost 6.6 lb in 2 days. While stuffing myself with salads, pork ribs, fried fish, bratwurst, cheese, eggs... No Calorie counting, not limiting portions. I'm just starting to get past some of the worst of the sugar cravings now.
I thought I would never be able to overcome the sugar addiction thing. I had to get my SO to support me and I stored all of the "junk" food away in the basement. That has made it a lot easier. If SO and DS want dessert, they can go to Dairy Queen without me!