Bipolar Lifestyles

Category Archives: Self-Management

Identifying Your Bipolar Stressors and Triggers
Bipolar Disorder

Identifying Your Bipolar Stressors and Triggers

By knowing what tends to stress you and trigger shifts in mood, you can often become more proactive in mood management and more sensitive to potential early warning signs. Situations that trigger mood episodes and a person’s stress threshold vary from person to person and family to family. In addition, as the illness progresses over the years, cycles seem to come more of their own free will, sometimes without the impetus of a stressor or trigger. […]

How to Chart Your Moods
Downloads

How to Chart Your Moods

One of the best ways to avoid a full-blown depressive or manic episode is to catch any mood swings early …Read the Rest

7 Common Mood Busters
Bipolar Disorder

7 Common Mood Busters

For those of us with mood disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder and Depression, we often have no control over our …Read the Rest

Treatment and Physical Tracking – Weekly Chart
Bipolar Disorder

Treatment and Physical Tracking – Weekly Chart

Keeping track of your moods is an important part of recovery and managing bipolar disorder. The following is a useful …Read the Rest

Spotting the Early Warning Signs of a Bipolar Episode
Self-Management

Spotting the Early Warning Signs of a Bipolar Episode

You may be able to short-circuit a developing mood episode through early intervention, but to do so, you must first be able to identify the early warning signs. In this post, I point out some common early warning signs of an oncoming bipolar mood episode (depression, mania, or mixed) and ask you to share your early warning signs.

One of the most challenging aspects of bipolar disorder is that those who have it often lack insight, meaning that in the midst of a major mood episode, their mood radar stops working. Consider teaming up with a loved one you trust to provide the objective insight you need. Remember: The earlier you intervene, the better chance you have of keeping a full-blown mood episode at bay.

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Early Warning Signs
Self-Management

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Early Warning Signs

Early warning signs are internal and may or may not arise in reaction to stressful situations. In spite of your …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Triggers
Self-Management

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Triggers

Triggers are external events or circumstances that may produce very uncomfortable emotional or psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety, panic, discouragement, …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Daily Maintenance Plan
Self-Management

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Daily Maintenance Plan

On the first tab write “Daily Maintenance Plan.” If you haven’t already done so, insert it in the binder along …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Developing a Wellness Toolbox
Recovery

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Developing a Wellness Toolbox

To develop this plan, the only materials you need are a three-ring binder, a set of five tabs or dividers, …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Introduction
Recovery

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Introduction

Many people who have troubling emotional, psychiatric, or physical symptoms have made great strides in learning how to do things …Read the Rest

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