Neurofeedback and BioFeedback are Effective Bipolar Disorder Treatment Neurofeedback has been used effectively in the treatment of ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other mental health disorders. Utilize neurofeedback with a licensed practicioner. It helps you develop powers of self-control and concentration. It strengthens your mind, contributing to recovery. Neurofeedback gives you needed support from professionals, and for some it can part of a recovery program for bipolar disorder or other mental health disorders. The major downside neuro- and biofeedback is that it is costly. Refer to your insurance carrier to see if it is covered.
Neurofeedback is recognized as an effective professional therapy in the mental health community. If neurofeedback is used in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral therapy, and/or lifestyle changes, it can be an effective technique for first line defense in bipolar disorder treatment and self-help.
45. Communication Honestly and Openly with Therapists and Others
For most people with a mental health disorder like bipolar disorder, gradually “weaning off” psychotropic medications, rather than stopping abruptly is safer and more effective. Find a doctor you feel comfortable with, and who will work with you, if your medication is an issue, which it often is.
Self-Monitor Yourself. Use writing therapy and mood mapping to determine what triggers relapses. Catch yourself before you experience a full-blown manic episode, or before moods spiral towards clinical depression.
49. Don’t be Quick to Embrace the Label
Psychiatric labeling is not universally embraced by the professional medical and psychological community, and it is acknowledged with varying degrees of commitment by professionals. Realize that psychiatry is not an exact science. Of all medical genres, psychiatry relies on subjective analysis rather than objective science. Bipolar disorder is misdiagnosed in more than 50% of those diagnosed with the disorder, according to one professional study, which means that more than 50% of patients diagnosed by doctors with bipolar disorder did not actually meet the criteria of the disorder as described in the psychiatric “bible”, the DSM-IV, now DSM-V.
Additionally, embracing the label associated with any type of mental illness, may make it difficult to find the strength to fight your way out of that quicksand. Resignation takes away your self-will and determination. No one “is” cancer. No one “is” bipolar, as if your condition defines who you are. You need to work hard at your mental health (regaining your mental balance).
It takes time, but you can recover from bipolar disorder symptoms and realize that your symptoms do not define who you are. You can recover, bring bipolar disorder into remission, and can do so by develop coping strategies, and creating a new lifestyles, so that your bipolar symptoms no longer manifest themselves as intensely as they may have in the past. Your mind can heal itself, and you can take practical steps along that road.
50. Persevere – Don’t Give Up!
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