Identifying symptoms

What is Bipolar Self-Management? Everyone with chronic illness such as bipolar disorder, needs to find ways to understand and manage their symptoms so that the disabling effects are minimised…
The term self-management is used for the purpose of gaining more control over this condition. There are a number of elements in self-management:

  1. Recognition of what can set off a new episode and what the early signs of relapse are,
  2. If early indications are recognised: symptoms must be dealt with; minimise any problems arising; identify people who can help; alter changes in medication.

People are encouraged to minimise the possibility of a relapse by adjusting their medication and to develop an action plan.The vast majority of people who have attended self-management training programs over the past decade have not been re-admitted to any acute psychiatric hospitals in Somerset.

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