Dealing With Bipolar Disorder

Approximately 8 million American adults may be affected by bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition. By managing symptoms, you can limit the disorder’s impact on your life.

Managing symptoms and making progress

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Receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be shocking initially, and that’s normal. Of course it can also come as a relief. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition that can impact important parts of your life. It can affect

  • How you feel
  • How you act
  • Your work
  • Your health
  • How other people relate to you

But don’t feel overwhelmed. Bipolar disorder can be treated effectively. Many people with bipolar disorder are able to manage their symptoms and lead a productive, stable life. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in dealing with bipolar disorder.

There are a number of things you can do to help manage your symptoms and limit the impact they have on your life. Understanding what typically triggers episodes for you and closely and consistently following your doctor’s recommended treatment plan are very important. Reaching out to family, friends, and coworkers can also help.

Remember, you’re not alone in this illness. There are millions of other people whose lives have been impacted by bipolar disorder, and there are many support organizations that can help.