Our expert says:
Its in the nature of Bipolar Disorder to be cyclical - so an episode is disappointing and unwelcome, but not really a step back - more of a step sideways. Unfortunately, episodes are never ( except by pure accident ) times suitably in line with one's other life committments.
Depending on the history of your particular disorder and its response to different medications and interventions, discuss this with your shrink, and decide the best way to either ward it off, or to minimize its severity and duration. Ypou need not be as out of control as you fear, even during an episode.
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