Health Tip: Managing Bipolar Disorder

Nov. 6 -- (HealthDay News) - Bipolar disorder is a mental illness, also called manic depression, that may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

While medication can help control bipolar disorder, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these additional recommendations:

  • Research and learn about your condition, and share the information with family members.
  • Establish a daily routine for sleeping and waking, eating and exercising.
  • Always take your medicine exactly as directed by your doctor.
  • Avoid caffeine, and medications for colds, allergies, and pain medication. Always talk to your doctor before you drink alcohol or take any other medications.
  • Limit stress.
  • Tell your doctor when you start to notice behavior changes or bipolar symptoms.
  • Find a support group to join.