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Trying To Control A Bipolar Episode

Updated on September 14, 2011
The Picture above is part of my healing art collection that I created.
The Picture above is part of my healing art collection that I created.

My Diagnosis

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.

Getting Grounded

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Stamp your feet. This could possibly bring you back and help stop the racing thoughts and you change your mood.
  3. Put an ice cube in your hand.The coldness can also take your mind off of your mood and can possibly bring you back.
  4. 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.

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      Karen A. Harris 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      @seicheprey....I am a train wreck too when I am off my meds. Lol..this is in addition to the meds :)

      Ha...I am a rapid cycler. You never know what you are going to get. Especially when your waiting for the new meds to kick in. Stay well :)

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      seicheprey 6 years ago

      Definitely not my style of bi-polar.:) I'm generally a train wreck off of my meds, and it's nice to know that some forms of the disease are actually manageable without meds. Thanks!

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      Karen A. Harris 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      @crazybeanrider...Thank you for stopping by. I am glad that you were able to get something out this. I hope that you are able to use that method.

      When I was inpatient, my thoughts were racing really bad and one of the nurses suggested some of these methods. The best one that worked for me is the rubber band method. I have also had success with the ice cube.

      Continue to listen to your body and try to stay well :) Things will get better ;)

      If you ever need to talk, I am here. You can never have too much support. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Boo McCourt 6 years ago from Washington MI

      exceptional coping skills for your bipolar. I like the rubber band one. I am afraid though I would tend to over use that one, being OCD as well I would go overboard, but nonetheless I am going to give it a try. I am surprised no one has suggested this to me before. Thumbs ups!

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      Karen A. Harris 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Hello ahorseback....I found out about my illness a couple of years ago. I am 38. I am glad that you are getting control. So many of us ignore our bodies and don't realize that there is something wrong.

      I thank you for reading my hub and I appreciate you for sharing. I hope this will help someone. I know when I first found out about my illness I was clueless.

      However, these steps also works for anxiety and depression. It is always a pleasure to hear from you. And the same goes for take care of you. ;)

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Its so debillitating to suffer anything , in my life it has been depression and anxiety . I finally feel I'm geeting a hold on it though. I wish I had done that 40 years ago! I'm 57 now! You do so well to write about this , and it must help soo many , congratulations for that! Take care of you Sassy! you are a huge help!....:=}

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      Karen A. Harris 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Thank you tumblintumbleweed and MysertiousOne.

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      MysteriousOne 6 years ago

      Great hub,Ms.sassyk... Great tips for being grounded.Great,informative write,on a subject not too many people understand! Bravo! Great job!

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      tumblintumblweed 6 years ago

      Excellent, and informative! Thank you! voted up!

      Have a Blessed day!