Bipolar disorder is a psychological condition in which a person finds it hard to control a sudden or continuing swing in mood elevation and depression that can usually be treated through changes in diet and lifestyle, herbal and pharmaceutical medication, or in extreme cases, invasive techniques such as shock therapy.
Not everyone who has bipolar disorder will know it. Sometimes the swings in mood that a person experiences are so gradual that the individual does not notice the wide chasm between the extremes. Often the psychological effects of the moods themselves, or the chemical occurrences in the body can cloud judgment or environmental conditioning allow the person to believe that everything is “normal”.
Some people may experience a light euphoria or may go into full blown mania before going on in the reverse direction resulting in feelings of apathy, or en worst cases, possibly suicidal depression. While changes in mood are normal, rushes towards the extremes, whether chronic and prolonged, or with fast onset and short in duration, should be discussed with your doctor and treated by a trained professional.
While medical attention for bipolar disorder is a must, there are still several things that you can do on your own to make sure your body is best helped in its battle to moderate emotions and physical chemical balances.
Eating right and getting plenty of exercise can often elevate mood without resorting to crashes later on. Cutting out empty calories and processed foods high in simple carbohydrate and sugars can not only keep you feeling your best, but can also help moderate levels of insulin and hormone creation in the body.
Lowering stress by discovering and enjoying a relaxing hobby, or even getting a small pet for companionship are all things that can help to keep us in good spirits.
While the physical symptoms of bipolar disorder can be treated in various ways by your physical doctor, the help of a mental health specialist can help you to develop the skills to better deal with the emotional response that comes with chemical changes in the body, as well as the complications and frustrations that can be placed on a persons lifestyle as a result of their bipolar disorder. Following the advice of both your physical doctor, as well as your therapist of counselor, while doing all you can on your own by changing personal behavior patterns, can help you to manage bipolar disorder a lot better than dealing with it on your own.