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.