Hi all, long time caregiver here (not much longer, long story) and I just wanted to weigh in.
I've spent the past 10 years reading about
the disorder. I know I can never really understand, but there's a common thread about
coping skills I'd love to share with you. Now, I know there are some/many who can't manage all four for a variety of reasons, but doing what you can is good.
There are four things, outside of meds, that seem to universally help. As with the disorder itself, people see different levels of relief...and I'm sure some see none. On with it I guess...
Counseling - Talk counseling. Going whether you feel great and don't want to think about
it, or when you just can't get out of bed.
Diet - There's an old computer acronym 'GIGO', stands for "Garbage In Garbage Out".
Exercise - Don't have to go all Lance Armstrong, but any is good.
Schedule - Regular sleep schedule (yes, weekends too I'm afraid).
I'm a left-brained individual and love data and trends. What the data says is that the above list usually (in tandem with meds of course) offers help to those with bipolar disorder. Of course everyone will have days that it goes to pot, just part of the game. There's also obviously a chance it helps you much less than the next person...but...when meds alone aren't enough...
Sorry if this sounds preachy or anything, I'm kind of in mourning for my lost marriage. Mods you can delete it if this doesn't come across as helpful...I know it's a whole lot easier to say than do.
Post Edited (Jondoe) : 7/26/2010 11:16:15 AM (GMT-6)