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How To Prevent Depression In Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar Disorder consists of manic episodes.  However, Bipolar Disorder also consists of Major Depressive Episodes.  How do you prevent Major Depressive Episodes?  This article will explore this particular topic.

Take A Walk In The Morning

To prevent a Major Depressive Episode from occurring, you can take a walk in the morning.  According to, the following can be stated:

Start the day with a walk. “One of my colleagues jokes that people with dogs are the least likely to be depressed,” said Schwartz, because they’re out walking them every morning. Getting out in the sun early in the day helps reset your internal sleep-wake cycle and boost your mood. A small study just published suggests a link between morning light exposure and a healthy body mass index.

Know How Much Light You Need

In addition to taking a walk during the day to prevent a Major Depressive Episode, it is also important to know how much light you need.  It is important not to get too much light or too little light but just the right light.  According to, the following can be noted:

Know how much light you need. Be aware of the amount of light you receive during the day, and take note of how you feel when you are getting limited or no bright light exposure. Our bodies are different, so we need to get to know how our inner clock works “in order to seek light exposure in a way that keeps the entire range of body functions in sync with each other and with the outside world,” said Terman. Your doctor can help determine if feelings of depression or other symptoms are related to light deprivation.

Natural Sun Light

It is also important to get natural sun light.  You can get natural sun light by sitting in your living room with the window open and reading a book.  According to, it can be noted that:

Let the sunshine in. A sunny spot in your home can serve as a natural light box. If there’s a window that lets in a lot of light, read the newspaper or have breakfast by it. Just 15 to 30 minutes of exposure can make a difference, according to Schwartz.


To conclude this article, to gain sunlight and prevent Major Depressive Episodes you can go for a walk during the day, have a good idea of how much sun light you need, and also get sun light naturally.

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How To Prevent Depression In Bipolar Disorder

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). How To Prevent Depression In Bipolar Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 17, 2019, from


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