Depending on who you ask, there can be various ways to treat bipolar disorder. Some people believe that bipolar disorder can be treated holistically. Also, people may think that bipolar disorder can be treated through diet, exercise and supplements.
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Going through a pregnancy can be stressful for anyone whether they have bipolar disorder or not. The good news is, is that we can survive and thrive through the process. Also, we can rock through parenthood. My Father has bipolar disorder and he is one of my favorite people.
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Health and Anxiety
Having anxiety can force us to focus more on ourselves and our health. The goal is to limit our anxiety as best as we can. In addition to talking with a psychiatrist and/or therapist as well as taking any needed medication, there are many steps we can take as far as health is concerned. We can start with a balanced diet. In addition to eating a balanced diet, it is important to eat regular small meals throughout the day. Also, staying hydrated is important. Not being in optimal health alone can trigger anxiety.
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This is one of my favorite subjects to talk about. Many of us with bipolar disorder can suffer weight gain from medication, bouts of depression or both. Until I got a reduction in medication, I was suffering from extreme food cravings. I literally could not stop eating fried food, chocolate and candy. I packed on thirty pounds in less than a year. It is possible to maintain a healthy weight and take medication. It does take some work and dedication.
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Anxiety and Self Care
Taking excellent care of ourselves can be easier said than done. Having anxiety can make tasks feel more difficult. Especially if our anxiety has been building for hours, days or even weeks. It is imperative that we create a life full of self care. We must practice daily hygiene, practice hobbies, relax and get an adequate amount of sleep. Anxiety can feel endless and relentless. However, we can practice good self care, push through our day and thrive through our tasks. The first step is creating a daily routine. The second step is sticking to our routine. This will give us strength through our anxiety.
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Education is so important for someone with bipolar disorder. The more we know and understand, the better off we will be. Psychology is a science. Because of that, it is always changing. There will always be new information regarding bipolar disorder. There are now more medications than ever before. I know that many medications come with side effects such as weight gain, hair loss and tiredness. We are all unique and have a different genetic makeup. The medication that works for me may not work for a close family member. Our goal is to stabilize the chemicals in our brain.
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Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. A stable mood is something that we want. We want to feel and react in a proper way to a stimulus. With that being said, there are two separate ends of the spectrum with bipolar disorder. These are defined as mania and depression. Mania is when our mood is at a high. Depression is when our mood is at a low.
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