• You can truly be happy for someone else.
  • You stop feeling sorry for yourself.
  • When you are happy with what you have.
  • When you stop judging others.
  • You don’t have to nap everyday.
  • When you can answer the telephone.
  • When you can talk on the telephone.
  • Have company over and not worry about being judged
  • When you can laugh and have fun again.
  • When you can laugh at yourself.
  • You do something nice for yourself.
  • Do something nice for someone else.
  • You can leave the house and don’t feel scared.
  • Decrease in mood symptoms.
  • Decrease in anxiety.
  • Greater overall functionality.
  • Decreased negative mood-driven behavior.
  • Take responsibility for your actions.
  • You stop blaming others.
  • Focus on the present.
  • Take medication as prescribed.
  • Remind yourself that emotions are not facts.
  • No one can hurt you unless you allow it.
  • Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
  • If you act like a doormat expect to be walked on.

Bipolar disorder is a serious illness. The illness itself along with treating it can feel overwhelming. But by taking small steps every day, you can effectively manage and minimize symptoms and lead a healthy, fulfilling life. If you’re not involved in treatment, contact a doctor or mental health practitioner. The strongest and healthiest step you can take is to seek professional support.

Organizations You Can Turn To

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
www.dbsalliance.org
800-826-3632

Families for Depression Awareness
www.familyaware.org
781-890-0220

The Jed Foundation
www.jedfoundation.org
212-647-7544

Mental Health America (MHA)
www.nmha.org
800-969-6642

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
www.nami.org
800-950-NAMI (6264)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
800-273-TALK (8255)

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