10 Things You Don’t Want to Know About Bipolar Disorder… Unless You Want To Successfully Manage It

4. Dealing with bipolar disorder requires a lifestyle change.

No football team goes on the field without a game plan. Winning the battle with bipolar disorder requires a well-developed plan of action too. You—not the doctor, not the therapist, not the managed healthcare plan, and not the government—are ultimately responsible for establishing and following the plan.


At a minimum, you need to establish a relationship with the right doctor and therapist, follow their orders, and regularly take your medication if prescribed. In addition, your plan should include a support system. Proper sleep, good nutrition, and daily exercise are also essential. And, your plan should include steps to take if you encounter rough times or become suicidal.

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