You can do some things for yourself that will build on your treatment plan. In addition to professional treatment, follow these lifestyle and self-care steps for cyclothymia:
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- Take your medications as directed. Even if you're feeling well, resist any temptation to skip your medications. If you stop, cyclothymia signs and symptoms are likely to come back.
- Pay attention to warning signs. You may have identified a pattern to your cyclothymia episodes and what triggers them. Call your doctor if you feel you're facing an episode. Involve family members or friends in watching for warning signs. Addressing symptoms early on can prevent episodes from becoming full-blown.
- Quit drinking or using illegal drugs. Alcohol and illegal drugs may trigger mood changes. Get help if you have trouble quitting on your own.
- Check first before taking other medications. Call the doctor who's treating you for cyclothymia before you take medications prescribed by another doctor. Sometimes other medications trigger episodes of cyclothymia or may interfere with medications you're already taking.
- Keep a record. Track your moods, daily routines and significant life events. These records may help you and your mental health provider understand the effect of treatments and identify thinking patterns and behaviors associated with cyclothymic symptoms.
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