We all have had mood highs and lows at times in our lives. Bipolar, however, is characterized by extreme highs and lows (sometimes called manic depressive disorder). Today we will focus on Bipolar Depression, especially that depression which interferes with your day-to-day living. Along this depression continuum would a strong reluctance, or disability, to just get out of bed. At its severest, you may be suicidal.
“This disorder affects about 2 to 3 percent of the population and has one of the highest risks for suicide. Bipolar disorder has four basic subtypes: bipolar I (characterized by at least one manic episode); bipolar II (characterized by hypomanic episodes — which are milder — along with depression); cyclothymic disorder; and other specified bipolar and related disorder”. (Dr. Angelos Halaris, MD, professor of psychiatry and medical director of adult psychiatry at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago)
Here are the helps:
- Set a Sleep Schedule. Depression can make it hard to get enough shut-eye, and too little sleep can make depression worse.
What can you do? Start by making some changes to your lifestyle. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to nap. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom — no computer and no TV. In time, you may find your sleep improves.
- Exercise. It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It may also have long-term benefits for people with depression. Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways- especially if you do it with friends. How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons to get a benefit. Just walking a few times a week can help
- Get together with friends.
Set up your own support group. It doesn’t have to be formal. Just phone or text a friend who knows and understands you and will be there for you.
Remember eat, drink and be merry? Drag yourself to your favorite coffee shop where there is always someone who knows your name. Graduate to dinner with friends.
Join a gym with someone or lots of someones. Or, just meet a new someone there.
- Get to your trusted health professional. People with bipolar disorder are typically treated with drugs called mood stabilizers.
In general, what all this comes down to is the taking control of your life.
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