How Do You Manage Bipolar Affective Disorder?
Bipolar affective disorder is a lifelong illness that causes alternating periods of depression (low mood) and mania (high mood). The changes in mood, behavior, thinking, and energy associated with bipolar disorder are more severe and prolonged than those experienced by people without the disorder. Without treatment, bipolar often leads to damaged relationships, loss of employment, and legal and financial problems. In some cases, it may result in suicide. Fortunately, with the right medication and support system, you can learn to effectively manage bipolar affective disorder and live a healthy, happy life. Take your medication as prescribed, and do not stop taking it even if you begin to feel better. Some bipolar medications, including mood stabilizers and antidepressants, may take weeks or months to begin working. Take each dose on time, and report any negative side effects to your doctor. A change in medication may be necessary, although most side effects disappear with continued trea