Trying To Control A Bipolar Episode
When it comes to bipolar, everyone is different. The diagnosis could be Bipolar I or II, cyclothymic disorder (milder mood changes), mixed and rapid cycling, We all experience mood changes but it affects us in different ways. I was diagnosed with mixed bipolar. This means that I feel mania and depression at the same time. My bipolar is also rapid cycling. This means that my moods rapidly change on a daily basis or within minutes of each other. Although medications and therapy helps us. It is still up to us to use the coping skills that we learned.
When I was in therapy, I learned a few fail safe mechanisms that helps me when I feel my moods changing. It is called getting grounded. It is important to know your triggers. When you learn your triggers it is possible to control your moods. It takes some practice but it can be accomplished,
Below are a few examples of what you can do if you feel your moods changing.
- The rubber band technique. Place a rubber band on your wrist. If you feel your thoughts racing or your moods flaring up, just snap that rubber band. Hopefully it could change your thought process.
- Stamp your feet. This could possibly bring you back and help stop the racing thoughts and you change your mood.
- Put an ice cube in your hand.The coldness can also take your mind off of your mood and can possibly bring you back.
- Don't forget to breathe. Look at the clock and breathe in deeply for ten seconds and exhale for 10 seconds. Do this at least 5 times. It can calm you if your are having a panic attack or if you feel your moods starting to change.
Please remember that sleep is one of the most important keys to controlling our moods. If you are not sleeping and you feel that your moods are uncontrollable please consult your psychiatrist.
Thank you for taking your time to read my hub. God bless you.