Nothing is known to prevent bipolar disorder. It is best to avoid drugs that may trigger the disease (such as cocaine or methamphetamine). Relapses can be prevented or made less severe by following the treatment recommendations of your health care providers. This includes taking medication as directed and attending counseling sessions.
- Eating a balanced diet.
- Exercising daily.
- Avoiding extensive travel into other time zones.
- Getting approximately the same number of hours of sleep every night.
- Avoiding alcohol or drugs.
- Reducing stress at work and at home.
- Seeking treatment as soon as you notice symptoms of a depressive or manic episode coming on.