Posted by hh3575
28th Feb 2018

I have bipolar 1 and what has helped me over the years is to put myself first and to take responsibility over my illness. I have taken full control of my medication, I have learnt a lot about myself from being admitted into psychiatric wards and I now have ways of coping.

I have also learnt a lot from reading books on bipolar as well as having cognitive behavioural therapy. One of my favourite books to turn to is a book on DBT and bipolar, it is really helpful; it talks about living in the present moment, acknowledging your thoughts and not judging them, which enables you to change your thoughts.

The good news is, the longer you have bipolar, the better you are at coping with it. The first step is the hardest and that is accepting the illness and that is when you can do something about it.

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