These are a few techniques that might help when you are going through the depression side of bipolar disorder.
1) If the thought of suicide enters your mind then call 1-800-SUICIDE.
2) Call a friend. Find someone to talk to. It can often be difficult because of the embarrassment of telling someone else that you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as the shame that can come along with feeling helpless. Do not be nervous! You will quickly find that friends will immediately jump in to help.
3) Do not be alone. Call up a friend or family member. A very important part of fighting depression is keeping in contact with those you care about the most.
4) Eat healthy
5) Take your prescription, daily vitamins and fish oil
6) Avoid oversleeping. This is naturally going to happen to you when you get depressed, but it can be harmful as you are going to feel even more tired and thus even more depressed. I find that oversleeping is one of the worst things you can do when you are depressed even though that is the natural tendency.
7) Understand that you have a disease and it is not your fault. Often times people with bipolar will associate themselves with a crazy person who needs to be locked up in a mental institution. This is absolutely not so! There are many of us out there who suffer from bipolar disorder and still run a normal life. Bipolar patients even have a higher number of college professors than the average person!
8) Treat depression as it is any other disease. Try different remedies including prescriptions and exercise. Remember that what works for one person who has depression might not work for all people who have depression. Talk to your friends and family.
9) Any time you are feeling overwhelmed to the point of major depression, call a doctor. In fact, if you are bipolar you MUST have a doctor at all times.