(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.