10 Things You Don’t Want to Know About Bipolar Disorder… Unless You Want To Successfully Manage It
3. Quick fixes are not the answer.
You say, “I just haven’t found the right medication yet.” Initially, I too thought that I could find a magic pill that would make all the pain just go away. But, looking for miracle cures leads to disappointment more often than not. Addressing an illness like bipolar disorder requires a comprehensive treatment approach. A pie-in-the-sky panacea is not the answer.
With bipolar disorder, you are looking at a situation that requires management over time. You cannot confront the illness in a half-hearted manner. The best approach is to work steadily and rationally with your doctor and therapist, follow your game plan, and work toward realistic, measurable goals to bring you closer to ultimate recovery.
4. Dealing with bipolar disorder requires a lifestyle change.
No football team goes on the field without a game plan. Winning the battle with bipolar disorder requires a well-developed plan of action too. You—not the doctor, not the therapist, not the managed healthcare plan, and not the government—are ultimately responsible for establishing and following the plan.
At a minimum, you need to establish a relationship with the right doctor and therapist, follow their orders, and regularly take your medication if prescribed. In addition, your plan should include a support system. Proper sleep, good nutrition, and daily exercise are also essential. And, your plan should include steps to take if you encounter rough times or become suicidal.