How Can Exercise Or Lifestyle Help Bipolar Disorder?

Dr. Gary Sachs answers the question: 'Exercise For Bipolar Disorder?'

ByGary Sachs, M.D., Director, Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

— -- Question: How can exercise or lifestyle help bipolar disorder?

Answer: The answer to the problems that bipolar disorder causes are not all medication-related. A healthy lifestyle, adopting an exercise program, not only helps regulate your circadian rhythms but can help you reach your life goals.

It's extremely important to set out for yourself a purpose in life apart from managing your symptoms -- to use lifestyle interventions to help regulate your sleep and wake cycles, your diet, and promote wellness by adopting a healthy lifestyle. These are excellent additions to a medication management program.

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