Help Control Bipolar Disorder Naturally

Bipolar disorder is a severe and complex mental illness with many symptoms and a number of different types. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and be manic, depressive or both simultaneously. There are five different types of bipolar disorder; Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Rapid Cycling, Mixed Bipolar, and Cyclothymia. Each share symptoms and require professional diagnosis to determine which type you have and what the best long-term treatment options are for you.

How can I tell if I have bipolar disorder?

Those experiencing the symptoms of bipolar disorder may not recognize them. If you are concerned that a loved one may be suffering from bipolar disorder, talk to them about checking in with their doctor or a mental health professional.

People with bipolar disorder tend to fall between two states of being:

  • Bipolar depression which is recognized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness.
  • Bipolar mania which is characterized by feelings of elation and euphoria or exuberance.

It is possible to experience both states simultaneously.

Other symptoms include:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Excessive crying
  • Low energy and apathy
  • Sadness, feelings of guilt, feelings of uselessness
  • Slowed speech, poor coordination, inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia/oversleeping
  • Overeating/not eating
  • Body ache
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Irritability
  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessive talking
  • Inflated Ego or Oddly high self-esteem
  • Abnormally high energy
  • Impulsiveness
  • Reckless self-gratification such as shopping sprees, traveling, promiscuous sex, risky business ventures
  • Hallucinations or delusions

Can I prevent bipolar disorder?

Unfortunately you cannot prevent bipolar disorder. However, education and awareness are key in helping to control the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Keep an eye out for the signs and speak to your doctor or mental health professional  immediately if you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

How can I treat bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is treated with medictions to help stabilize mood and other symptoms. If you suffer from Bipolar disorder remember, you must NEVER miss a dose of medication as it may trigger a relapse. In addition to medication, try these ideas to help stabilize your mood and control cycles and relapses.

  • Individual counseling one on one with a mental health professional will help learn your warning signs and how to deal with the disorder on a personal level.
  • Family counseling helps the whole family adjust to the illness and teaches everyone what they can do to keep functioning with this disruptive disorder.
  • Group counseling can be useful in helping to change the way you think and react while dealing with bipolar disorder.
  • Eliminate alcohol and processed, simple sugars. These can cause depression and mood spikes which can exacerbate the disorder.
  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet, this will help improve your outlook and keep you from things like sugar-highs and crashes that can disrupt your mood cycle.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps to release endorphins and will make you feel good naturally.
  • Learn YOUR warning signs and patterns so that you can speak to a doctor as soon as you spot a pending episode.
  • Be sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep. Irregular sleep patterns and lack of sleep can trigger major episodes.

The following supplements may help to control cycles. Speak to your doctor before taking any to make sure they will not interact negatively with your medications.

  • Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is believed to help brain function and relieve depression.
  • St. John’s Wort may help to keep mild depression under control. Always be careful when taking something that aleviates depression as it can trigger a manic episode.
  • Flaxseed Oil also contains Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Ginseng is believed to help improve brain function which may help to ease a depressive cycle.
  • Ginko bilba helps to improve blood flow to the brain which may help improve the symptoms of bipolar disorder if taken for at least 8 weeks.

 

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