Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Staying Well

Recently I am reading Dr Sarah Russell (PhD of the Melbourne-based Research Matters for "Study of the Year")'s book about bipolar patients. Dr Russell took the refreshingly novel approach of surveying 100 reasonably well patients for how they successfully coped with their illness. Her findings first appeared in an article in the March 2005 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

The patients in Dr Russell’s book were successful in finding and applying what worked for them. Dr Russell did spot common themes, which I find very informative, including:
  • Acceptance – This is the first step to taking control to one’s life.
  • Knowledge – "With time and experience, people can develop the wisdom to manage their illness and stay well.
  • Sleep – "A crucial ingredient to staying well."
  • Stress – "It is not always possible to avoid stress. It is possible, however, to develop strategies to minimize the impact of stress." (I find writing journals, on blogs and spending time in prayer and devotion extremely useful to deal with stress)
  • Lifestyle – Diet, exercise, sleep, etc.
  • Awareness and insight of triggers and mood states - This includes fatigue, jet lag, hormonal fluctuations, stress, lack of sleep.
  • Interventions – such as canceling social engagements and getting a few good sleeps.
  • Medication – "The right medication at the right dose."
  • Support – "Outside insight" is often welcomed.

6 comments:

Mark D said...

Sounds like a good prescription for any recurring or potentially recurring illness. Very interesting!

Kitty Cheng said...

Yes it's a very interesting and informative book. I agree that it's a good prescription for recurring illneesses, although this book is especially about bipolar disorder patients.

audrey` said...

Dearest Kitty :)
You're greatly loved by our Heavenly Father.
Your Mummy and two brothers love you too.
I love you too! HeHe!
Please take care.
You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Pia said...

i could use that prescription myself. hehe...

Kitty Cheng said...

Thanks so much for your love and care Audrey. I appreciate you a lot! I love you too :)

Kitty Cheng said...

Pia, yes I also find it helpful myself. hehe...