Bipolar Disorder: Preventing Manic Episodes
The more you know about Reference bipolar disorder Opens New Window, the better you will be able to cope with this lifelong illness. There are many steps that you can take—or help a loved one take—to recognize and better manage manic episodes.
- Learn the warning signs of a manic episode and get early treatment to avoid disruption in your life.
- At the same time each day, record your mood and any symptoms.
- Take medicines as instructed by your doctor to help reduce the number of manic episodes.
- To help prevent a manic episode, avoid triggers such as caffeine, alcohol or drug use, and stress.
- Exercise, eat a balanced diet, get a good night's sleep, and keep a consistent schedule to reduce minor mood swings that can lead to more severe episodes of mania.
- Have an action plan in place so that if you do have a manic episode, those who support you can follow the plan and keep you safe.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 1, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry