As we learn more about Bipolar Disorder, it will get easier to start noticing the patterns of predictable behavior that go with it…
At first, it can seem like there is “no method to the madness.” As self-awareness increases, we might notice specific things that we DO or SAY – right before an episode happens. The same exact signs are often there and we don’t have to be an expert or doctor to see them.
Sometimes the worst episodes of depression or mania start off with a simple statement like: “I hate my life,” or on the flip-side “everything is wonderful and perfect!” If we can start to pay attention to these signs, it can be easier to prevent symptoms from escalating into a full-blown episode.
EXERCISE: Come up with a list of the things you or your loved one says or does – every time – at the FIRST signs of depression or mania. Make a list for both situations and add to it as needed. This is where the observations of those around us are crucial. When we are ill, sometimes it’s easy to miss these “signs” – even if they are quite obvious to everyone around us. Eventually, you might be surprised to realize all the patterns and signs that were there this whole time. This is a great tool to add to your “Bipolar Toolbox” and I hope it helps!
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