Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Research and Readings

I found it necessary to read up as much about my illness as possible in order to understand it and how it has affected me or is affecting me or will affect me.

I did a lot of my research and reading through the internet. I am thankful for the vast amount of information and resources available on the internet. I do realize that I have to be careful and cautious of what I read. Some information may not be true.

However, generally I found a lot of useful information and tools on the internet.

Some of the websites that I found to be very informative are as follows:

Professional Helps

1) Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance


This website has many resources on mood disorders, steps for recovery and practical tools for coping.

To be continued......


My Coping Strategies:

1. Looking to God

2. Accepting the diagnosis

3. Medical Helps

4. Balance lifestyle

4a. Exercise

4b. Omega-3 fish oil supplements

5. Research and readings

6. Mood tracking and Journalling

7. Learning to cope with stress and challenges

8. Leisure, hobbies and recreations

9. Support Network (family, church, friends, etc)

10. Counselling / Talk Therapy

11. Correcting faulty thoughts patterns

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