Managing a Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

After working with your doctors and therapists, you’ve finally arrived at a diagnosis for your previously inexplicable volatile mental health - bipolar disorder. This mental illness presents in a variety of ways, making it a bit tricky to diagnose, but now that the problem has been identified it is time to manage the symptoms and work towards stability and a satisfying level of mental and emotional wellness. Here are some tips you should try to follow as you begin your journey to achieve balance and stability both mentally and emotionally.

First and foremost, understand that medicating bipolar disorder in this day and age will require some trial and error. Our minds are beautifully complex machines - no two are alike, and as such we all respond to different medications in different ways. Above all else, follow the instructions of your prescribing physician and provide them with open and honest feedback as to how you are doing on the medications. Never make any adjustments on your own, as quite a few psychotropic drugs require what is known as a titration period. This is simply a gradual increase of the amount of medication you are on in order to prevent any extreme side effects such as suicidal thoughts or violent mood swings. Significant mental disorders require powerful drugs to combat them; trust that your doctor knows what they are doing and remain willing and committed to the process. If a medication is not working for you, talk to your care provider and work with them to arrive at an alternative treatment.

In addition to remaining committed to the trial and error process of medicating your disease, once a medication regimen that works for you has been established, it is crucial you remain on your medication unless otherwise indicated by your doctor. Time and time again we at Evolutions have seen our mental health clients improve dramatically, consider themselves “cured” of their disease and refrain from taking their medication, behavior which invariably leads to a regression in their mental health. Understand that it is the medication in your system which is keeping your mental illness at bay, and deviating from your prescribed regimen will do nothing but detract from your progress. If you are dealing with unpleasant side effects from your medications, talk with your doctor as often there are remedies which will allow you to continue on your existing prescription plan.

Bipolar disorder is no longer the heartbreaking diagnosis it once was. Thanks to modern medicine, managing this mental illness has become an achievable goal for everyone suffering with this disease. It cannot be overstated how important it is for you to remain committed to the treatment process for this disease, especially when it comes to finding and maintaining a medication regimen which manages your symptoms and allows for a satisfying quality of life. So long as you maintain honest, open communication with your care provider and adhere to their instructions when it comes to your dosages you can live a happy, healthy life free from the volatility and unpleasantness brought on by your bipolar disorder!