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4 Simple Things You Can Do To Alleviate Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

By Edited Aug 19, 2015 3 3

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness) is a chronic mental condition that causes dramatic mood swings. Patients have extreme highs and lows of depression, energy, and clear thinking. Bipolar sufferers often exhibit or engage in dangerous or suicidal behaviors. Someone suffering from this disorder may quit a job for no good reason. Or drink alcohol excessively, which can make them violent and delusional. These shifts in behavior can last for weeks or months. Oftentimes, these people appear to have two personalities. This uncertainty often damages their personal relationships and negatively affects their career. Sometimes, they are mean-spirited and have no concept of reality. Patients also suffer from restlessness, fatigue, sleep deprivation, and unexplained rage. According to one university study, about 15% of bipolar patients eventually commits suicide. However, these people can live happy and productive lives if they are diagnosed, in early adulthood. Medications are available that can help, but there are alternatives to medicine. The following four things can help alleviate symptoms:

Incorporate A Balanced Diet

Eating a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables help maintain good health and reduce your risk of disease. Fruits such as oranges, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, and strawberries are a great source of vitamin C. These foods control stress levels, reduce the risk of colds, and strengthens the immune system. Green leafy vegetables are essential for bipolar patients because they contain folic acid. This vitamin is critical to brain development mental stability. According to one study, there is a direct link between vegetable consumption and depression. Kale, lettuce, collard and turnip greens, spinach, and broccoli are outstanding foods that can help patients. Caution: Grapefruit should not be consumed because it can negatively interfere with medication that bipolar people may be taking. Chocolate and other candy products should be eaten in moderation. It provides a false sense of energy and a sugar crash can result if it is consumed in large amounts.

Exercise Consistently

Consistent exercise can help significantly reduce bipolar symptoms. This can be a life-saving activity for people with this disorder. According to clinical research, people that are bipolar are three times more likely than other Americans to die of heart disease. Exercising strengthens the cardiovascular system and improves brain function. It can help control mood swings and regulate sleeping patterns. It does not take much time exercising to reap the benefits of it. According to medical experts, all it takes is 30 minutes per day, 3-4 days a week. Caution: Before you start an exercise regimen, consult your doctor and make sure that you are in good physical condition. Once you start your program, try to stay on a regular schedule. If you abandon your routine, more symptoms may appear, and could be worse than before.

Reduce Stress

Avoiding stressful situations whenever possible is something bipolar people should do. If it means making adjustments at work or in their personal life, it should be done. These patients should not become workaholics. Making time for recreation is necessary because it relieves stress. Dancing, yoga, jogging, and meditation are some activities that can help control this disorder. There is nothing wrong with getting some professional help to cope with this condition. The important thing is to keep your symptoms in check.

Get Plenty Of Sleep

A consistent sleeping pattern can reduce bipolar episodes. Try going to bed and waking up on a set schedule. Restlessness and fatigue are other symptoms of bipolar and sleeping well can prevent them. Even just missing a night of sleep can negatively affect moods. If necessary, a visit to a physician should be set up. He or she can offer suggestions that can help.

If you are bipolar, there is a good chance that you will need medical treatment. Work with your doctor and stay updated on new medications that may help. These 4 things alone probably will not cure bipolar disorder by themselves. However, if they are used with effective medication, they can help reduce your symptoms.

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Comments

Aug 26, 2014 4:23am
Yindee
Very helpful, and an all too familiar condition. I have found that supplements help a lot because not all patients respond well to the meds. A natural form of lithium, called lithium orotate works very well.
Aug 26, 2014 12:52pm
curiosity44
Thank you for the kind words Yindee. I did not know that lithium orotate helped Bipolar patients.
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