Bipolar Bob’s BLOGs

February 10, 2007

Get adequate and regular sleep.

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:07 pm

Set and keep a regular sleep schedule. Changes in sleep patterns can be an easy way to spot mood changes before they get out of control. If changes continue more than 2 or 3 days then you should contact your therapist or psychiatrist that day.

Give a support group or two an honest try.

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:06 pm

I think that going to a support group (Thanks Dad) was the single best thing I did to pro actively effect my recovery, other than taking my meds diligently as prescribed. I got lucky as the first group I attended had a well developed and established group of regular members and a solid group of facilitators.

I think that for a weekly support group 4 or 6 consecutive sessions would constitute an honest try. For me it takes some time to acclimate to a new group of people and feel comfortable and to contribute to the best of my ability, so it took a bit longer for me.

What I do to help remember my meds.

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:04 pm

Another thing I do to help me remember is this. When I take the evening dose I pull-out the pills for the AM dose and put them on my keyboard above the function keys. It has become a habit and that is just the way I do it everyday. Now when I wake up in the morning the pills are waiting for me. If you see them then eat them, if you don’t you already ate them. Or if when I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder, “Did I take ’em?”, I can look at my keyboard and see if the AM dose is out there (then I did) or not (then I didn’t).

Did I take my medication today?

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:03 pm

This is a question that comes up for mentally ill people more than you would think. This is a problem because of the obvious blood levels of the drugs changing but also from the stress of just trying to remember, “Did I or didn’t I?”. Here is one thing that I usually do. Let us assume that I take two pills in the morning and two pills at night. If it has been more than 4 hours after normal pill taking time or more than 4 hours before the next dose then I will take a half a dose, or one pill, when the question comes up. Then I take the regular dose at the next regular time. The result of this will be: 1)if I had taken my AM dose and forgotten I will have taken 125% of my medication for the day or 2) if I had skipped my AM dose, at the end of the day I will have taken 75% of my recommended daily dosage. And 3) no stress about forgetting.

The best indicatior for a bipolar persons recevory

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:02 pm

Sorry but for the most part this is out of your control. How your family accepts and deals with your illness. Is there a history of mental illness in your family tree? They may be hiding in your family tree, it’s not uncommon. If they are out, are they refractory, non-compliant, self-medicating or alcoholic? If a family is supportive and gets some therapy and professional input on how to cope with a relative as moody as you are, then your chances of a more successful recovery dramatically increase. If your family is not the ideal group to help you through this illness then it is up to you to add to your support system. Choosing friends that understand or at least have some compassion about what you are going through, will be more important than anything else.

Bipolar tip #1

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:01 pm

Get a good therapist and work with them. to be continuted there is a lot to say about this subject. It’s the main focus of this whole blog for me.

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