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Staying well with manic depression/bipolar disorder. Dr Sarah Russell. v Research Matters. Defining “staying well”. Staying well. What is a stay well plan?. A ‘living’ document. Identifies triggers and early warning signs. Describe preventative strategies.

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what is a stay well plan
What is a stay well plan?
  • A ‘living’ document
  • Identifies triggers and early warning signs
  • Describe preventative strategies
  • Documents ‘stay well’ interventions
  • Developed with others
preventing episodes of illness part 1
Preventing episodes of illnessPart 1
  • Life experiences
  • Adequate amounts of sleep
  • Manageable levels of stress
  • Lifestyle (exercise, diet)
preventing episodes of illness part 2
Preventing episodes of illnessPart 2
  • Suitable medication and other therapies
  • Social support networks
  • Reliable professional support
  • Supportive workplaces
  • Compassionate local communities
preventing episodes of illness part 3
Preventing episodes of illnessPart 3
  • Interventions to deal with triggers and warning signs
  • Insight into what triggers the illness
  • Awareness of warning signs
a stay well plan in action
A stay well plan in action
  • Rob’s main triggers:
      • Jet lag
      • Increased work demands
      • Change of seasons
  • Rob’s warning signs:
      • Obsess about a work problem or idea
      • Talk faster than usual
      • Feel a sense of urgency
      • Difficulty completing tasks
      • Wake up in the middle of night thinking about

work problem or idea

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A lifelong journey: staying well with manic depression/bipolar disorder

Sarah Russell

Published by Michelle Anderson Publishing