Coping with Depression, Mania, and Bipolar Disorder

Are you searching for information because

  • You've just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression.

  • You'd like more information on what being bipolar is like.

  • You'd like more information on drugs and therapy.

  • Someone close to you is bipolar and you'd like to understand or help.

  • You are frustrated about the lack of progress with your mood swings.

  • You feel something is just wrong and maybe Google might offer some answers.

You are not alone. All of us have been here at some point.

The experiences and practical suggestions documented here are on how to cope with depression and mania, medications and therapy, and dealing with doctors and friends and family.

There are also ideas on what your family and friends can do to help (and how to NOT help).

Thre are some descriptions on what it's like just living day to day with depression and with being bipolar, so you'll know that you aren't just making it up or being lazy.

Take the time to explore, because psychiatrists and counselors and psychologists might diagnose us, but they don't live with the mood swings 24/7. We do, and our experience makes all the difference in the world.

The information is divided into 6 overlapping sections, listed below. There is also my Bipolar Diary which I wrote twenty years ago, and is still one of the best bipolar diaries on the web.

A really really good description on what happens as you become depressed.
Why the language we use makes things worse. Also, why not to try to cheer us up.
Mood Swings slowly creep up over the years. Signs that suggest that maybe you should get help. Parents should read this too.

Mania - Symptoms, Meds, Coping

Drugs and Therapy

Family, Friends, Relationships

This is the most read post on this site

Diagnosis and Doctors

General Bipolar Life Issues

My Bipolar Diary


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