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Following your treatment plan

Once you’ve started a treatment plan, you may start to feel better and think you don’t need your medication. However, if you’re having doubts about your treatment plan or medication, talk to your doctor.

Remember, bipolar depression is a lifelong condition that requires treatment. If you’re feeling better, chances are it’s because your treatment plan is helping to control your symptoms.

Keep going. Don’t give up

Taking the first step toward getting help and getting support from your doctor was a big one. Now, how do you stay motivated? Here are some tips to keep you going.

  • Keep talking to your doctor about your treatment plan and progress
  • Expect symptoms to improve gradually, not all at once. It can take time to find the right treatment plan for you
  • Stay on your medication —talk to your doctor before you stop taking your medication
  • Establish and keep a routine —it helps to create stability
  • Watch for warning signs that your mood is shifting

It is important that you talk to your doctor about your treatment plan and how you are feeling. Together you can determine the best way to continue your progress.

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Getting support from loved ones

Ideally, once you’re diagnosed with bipolar depression, your loved ones would understand and rally around you with encouragement and support. However, not all of your loved ones will completely understand your diagnosis and what would be helpful. It’s OK.

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This is your chance to help them understand your experiences and forge a stronger relationship.

Asking others for help and support

Think about the people in your life and how they can best support you. One person may be great at practical things. Another person may offer emotional support by listening. The reality is, both of them can help you to:

  • Remember to take and refill your medication as your doctor prescribed
  • Make and keep doctor appointments
  • Prioritize health through exercise and healthy eating
  • Monitor your mood and ask how you’re feeling
  • Connect with your loved ones and make sure you are not isolating

Asking for help can be difficult, but in the end, your friends and family are your support system. Tell them what you need and be honest about how you’re feeling.

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Healthy living may help your mood

We all know that being active and eating healthy play an important role in our physical health. However, there may be times when you just don’t feel up to physical activity and making healthy choices at mealtime.

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However, it’s important to try and be active and eat healthy as both could be beneficial.

The positive impact of exercise

You don’t have to go to the gym to gain the benefits of being active. In fact, aerobic activity, such as taking a long walk, hiking, going for a bike ride, or gardening may be enough to have a positive impact.

And, the time commitment is minimal. Just 3 days a week, for 30 minutes a day—even in three 10-minute blocks—may help you to feel better.

Balanced meals may help balance your mood

Much like being active, making healthy food choices may help your physical well-being. Remember to include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins in your diet.

Try including a daily walk or add a healthy meal to your routine once or twice a week and build on that change. Ask yourself, “Do I feel a difference?” If you have more energy and feel more alert, you may want to continue on this healthy path.

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