Staying well with bipolar.

What’s the best way to stay well when you have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder?

Staying well with bipolar is a guide based on the research conducted by Rethink Mental Illness. It is based on the personal experiences and learning of 32 people: 5 service user researchers, 16 people with bipolar disorder and 11 other people who have an informal supportive role (carers, family and friends).

Based on our research, we found 7 key things:

  • Spotting early warning signs
  • Looking after your wellbeing
  • Being in control
  • Doing what works for you
  • Making decisions about medication
  • Talking to people who really listen
  • Getting  support from family and friends

We interviewed 16 people with bipolar disorder and 11 other people who have an  informal supportive role (carers,  family and friends).

We asked:

  • What  was helpful and unhelpful when  ‘up’ or ‘down’?
  • What support was received?
  • Who gave the support?
  • What support would be ideal in either situation?


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