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Can I improve my bipolar without professional help?

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Last Updated: 03/05/2022 at 7:57pm
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September 1st, 2016 10:53am
It definitely is better for you to seek professional help when dealing with a serious mental health condition such as bipolar. Bipolar can be dangerous when not treated, but with effective treatment episodes can improve within 3 months. There is also medication that you can take but therapy is a good way of treating bipolar, for example talk therapy can help.
June 26th, 2016 3:48am
I have asked this of professionals and they all said it is possible if someone works very hard at changing their lifestyle to one that is supportive and self caring to improve over time. The problem is that many people discover they have bipolar in a crisis in their lives. There is no time to self care and turn things around when in a crisis. At that time a professional's help is needed to get things stable. Then it is possible to use self care to improve your situation. We all need help sometime in our lives. Why not choose someone that has worked with these types of problems their whole professional career?
October 6th, 2017 6:52am
I was able to improve the way I handle my bipolar disorder by changing my lifestyle. I adopted a positive lifestyle by working on my faith, becoming vegan and a minimalist, meditating, exercising regularly, doing yoga, walking in nature, working on my hobbies, volunteering/helping others, and trying to become more mindful. I still get depressed from time to time, but I can handle my mental illness better compared before. I also have my partner and other loved ones to support me and understand me whenever I'm down, which helped me feel better.
September 15th, 2017 3:41pm
I have done that :) I mean with professional help at first and now I just deal it with myself. I managed to track the pattern of my mood. and a lot of self believe help me.
July 18th, 2016 4:29pm
There are two types of bipolar. Type 2 is more manageable but if you have type 1 then you will likely need some professional help. there are some things you can do to improve your condition but bipolar is a chronic mental illness that generally speaking does require some sort of professional help.
July 23rd, 2016 7:20am
No, Without professional help and/or medication, your bipolar will only get worse. That is why some people need to see a therapist early before it get worse.
June 22nd, 2016 3:16pm
Lifestyle changes and study. Make sure you are eating, sleeping, socializing and caring for yourself. Also study the disease for better understanding. Sometimes a professional is needed.
September 8th, 2016 5:09am
In general, bipolar disorder i difficult to deal with with professional help. There are practices and behaviors that can improve outcomes, but these are not used in place of professional oversight. If you are looking for ways to manage bipolar disorder, you should consider speaking to a professional, either a psychologist or psychiatrist, who can give you options and help you come up with a medically sound treatment plan.
April 23rd, 2017 7:56pm
Bipolar disorder is a serious mood disorder than requires consultation with a professional. In addition to discussing treatment options, such as medication and therapy with a professional, there are a number of things you can do that may help to you gain to better control of symptoms including maintaining a regular bed time and wake time (even on weekends), regulating stress levels through healthy coping mechanisms, getting adequate exercise, and eating healthy. These things are important parts of any health lifestyle. Some individuals have specific mood episode triggers (such as missing a night of sleep) that they learn to recognize. You could consider keeping a journal to figure out if you have any specific triggers that you might be able to avoid. Joining a support group is another option. A support group isn't a replacement for profession help, but may help to provide you with a sense of understanding, acceptance, and community.
July 30th, 2016 7:44pm
Indeed! Personal development is key. Eliminating triggers and negative vibes and people from around you. It's an ongoing fight and it won't be easy but believe me, it'll be worth it.
October 6th, 2016 8:52pm
I'm a bipolar too. Without medication i feel worse. Medication should be taken in order to perform normally in everyday life.
November 5th, 2016 5:01pm
I've found that wellness practices can substantially improve well-being and outlook. However, my opinion is that alternative therapies can only address only a limited part of a biological disorder.
August 19th, 2016 12:03pm
Asking for help is the best organized way that can active gives you very great result and very fast so yes ask professional for help.
September 8th, 2016 9:55pm
Sure you can! You just have to work very hard to pin point what causes your highs and lows and things that may trigger it.
October 9th, 2016 10:31am
There's many alternative methods to helping mental issues. If professional help isn't an option for whatever reason, taking small steps to recovering can still have the same improvement. The first step is acknowledging your condition which you have already done, so congratulations! There's so many websites and support centres willing to help you out, including everyone here at 7 cups. Just talking to people can help more than you think. Take everything day by day, practice mindfulness and meditation and surround yourself with people who make you happy and support you. You can overcome this stay strong :)
January 26th, 2017 3:00am
I have not personally had bipolar but many have said it is hard to manage it without professional help or at least having medication for it. But from what I can tell by individuals I know who do have bipolar, you can manage it without professional help. You just need to find what works for you! You may find a lot of "spiritual" things will help balance yourself. Meditations, music, aromatherapy, journaling, etc.
January 29th, 2017 12:18am
There are steps you can take, yes. If at all possible it's best to get professional help, but if you cannot I would suggest researching "in the moment" tips to deal with manic and depressive episodes. You can practice better habits in the rest of your life to try and minimize stress, and try to identify the triggers of your manic/depressive episodes and work on avoiding them.
April 14th, 2017 7:49pm
You can if you are truly commiting yourself to feel better and that you are surrounded by supportive people. But I believe it's best if you speak to someone who can guide you through this. It's always best to have someone by your side than going through this process alone.
April 20th, 2017 11:07pm
Bipolar is a condition that can consume you, you may not ever be 'cured', but learning ways to cope will help you function in everyday life. Try things like meditating, exercising regularly and eating healthy to make you feel good inside, giving you the confidence to wake up every day and know that you are a strong individual just for getting out of bed. Don't be afraid to talk to the people around you, sometimes all you need is someone to just listen, just like what we do here at 7 cups.
April 26th, 2017 5:33pm
You can lesson those periods of depression with meditation, eating healthy, exercise, and general self-care. However, therapists can help you figure out what to do in those times of crisis. Psychiatrists can treat the mental parts of your body that aren't functioning how they are supposed to. So, you can improve moments, but it wouldn't be completely improved in the long run without help and support.
April 26th, 2017 7:19pm
You can improve your bipolar condition without professional help but only up to a degree. You can establish a support system from the family and friends around you who in turn can help you with your routine. However you probably need professional help alongside this for it to work. You need to be guided by a psychiatrist with regard to medication for starters because ultimately the chemical responses in the brain must be managed. You may also need help with sleep and that may only be possible through medication.
May 11th, 2017 1:42pm
You most likely can, you can always Google some ways and tips and exercises or you can talk to someone on here who can help you with something like that. But to be honest, even when you have bipolar in your life, sometimes you just have to accept it, I don't know if you can overcome being bipolar.
June 15th, 2017 5:04pm
no, bipolar normally needs to be treated with medication and or therapy to be able to keep it in check, and it will be an on going thing from when you are diagnosed though out your life. its not easy but its doable. you will have to go though medication trial and error to find the right cocktail for you, the same ones are not right for everyone. there will be side effects that wont be pleasant but its comes with the disorder and or with the medication trial and errors. but it can get better once you do find the right medication and therapy :)
August 3rd, 2017 3:08am
Yes! I am bipolar myself, and while I am not completely cured, I am healthy. Over the past couple years I've gotten to know myself, and the way my brain works, specifically the part of my brain that tends to spark the bipolar disorder. By surrounding myself with the right people, and by showing myself love I've been able to at least minimize the severity of my illness.
October 18th, 2017 4:20pm
it may be difficult to improve bipolar symptoms without professional help because bipolar disorder can be aggressive if not monitored by a professional. you may be able to go weeks or months but eventually the disease can become worse. you need to stay on medication maybe your whole life. A Doctor needs to be informed about how you are feeling or if there are any changes with your medications, sleep patterns and overall health. If you have a milder form of bipolar, you sometimes can go off your meds and be ok just by lifestyle decisions. If you have a severe form of bipolar yes, you need a Psychiatrist to increase or lower your medications. You should never go off your meds alone. if you stop your bipolar meds without your Dr. knowing and you don't feel better, your Dr. may become upset because they need to start all over with the doseges. I have Bipolar and i have gone off my meds without my Dr. knowing and i did relaps and my whole body started hurting and i could not sleep. On my meds which led up to me going off them, i felt i didn't need them. I was so wrong. I just thought I wanted to feel my bipolar disease alone without meds. I was curious. I had to be hospitalized and put back on my meds. I havn't gone off my meds since. I feel you are safer to be on the BP meds and get professional help especially Therapy.
November 9th, 2017 8:04am
Try meditation, on youtube there are many many meditation vids, pick from one you like and go from there. I hope this helps!
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November 18th, 2017 10:39pm
I would suggest getting professional help if you can. You may need medication even if it is only for the short term. Having professional help with making lifestyle changes can be very useful. Learning the tools from a professional, to then be able to help yourself is very beneficial.
November 24th, 2017 6:46am
You can certainly try to improve your bipolar through diet, exercise and educating yourself about the disease, but the right professional can make such a difference in your quality of life that you will wonder why you waited so long.
January 26th, 2018 12:27am
Everybody deals with bipolar differently. In my case, no. I may think that I am ok off medication...and I've tried enough of them that I often get discouraged...but I always relapse. No matter how good things get or how great I think I'm doing, one of those long lasting depressions or manic episodes might just be around the corner, and no matter how hard I try to maintain normalcy and try to keep things even, people around me notice and its caused significant difficulties and setbacks in my life. The best I can say is try and find the right therapist and the right psychiatrist because it will make a world of difference and instead of going through the motions, or just "getting by" you might have a chance at something great.
February 7th, 2018 6:31pm
I draw out a timeline, from when I was last feeling good, to the current point in time. I list events along the timeline which could be possible triggers. Making a visual aid is not only calming, but also acts as a tool. This tool is just one of many that can be included in a "first aid" kit for BP.