Living with Mania

Living with mania is not an easy task. You will need to make significant lifestyle changes to stop cycles of depression and mania and reduce their symptoms. One way to cope with mania is to enlist the support of your family and friends. Choose people you trust to help you through a manic episode and more importantly recognize the signs of a potential attack. Surround yourself with positive people, who will discourage unhealthy and risky behavior patterns. Dealing with mania becomes easier if you exercise regularly, get proper sleep, and follow a healthy balanced diet. Other ways to deal with mania are to:

  • Find a good doctor and therapist
  • Educate yourself about the symptoms and treatments for mania
  • Keep track of your symptoms
  • Follow your doctor’s orders
  • Communicate with people who support you to help them understand what you are going through.
  • Be prepared for an emergency.
  • Stick to a routine.
  • Engage yourself in things that you like to do such as a sport or a hobby.
  • Find a support group that you can share with.

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