How to Stop the Racing Thoughts of Bipolar Disorder

One of the biggest complaints from someone who has bipolar disorder is the racing thoughts that seem to plague them – when they just can not "shut off" their brain. There are several things that can be done to help them with this problem, however.

Usually, it is just during a manic episode when a person with the disorder really has problems with these racing thoughts. However, I have also heard the same thing expressed to me by others who are not in an episode.

Here are some (natural) suggestions that may help you:

• Do crossword puzzles
Doing crossword puzzles helps you to focus your thoughts on something specific instead of letting them roam.

• Read a book
Reading a book, especially one in which you can become absorbed, will also focus your thoughts, and you will become more involved in the book's plot than in your own thoughts.

• The chalkboard technique
Some people have used this technique with great success. Imagine a blackboard in your mind. As each thought comes to you, it is "written" on the chalkboard, which you instantly erase. Keep doing this with every thought as it comes. Occasionally, you will tire yourself out and / or the thoughts will cease.

• Write in a journal
Writing your thoughts down in a journal can be very effective. You do not have to worry about anyone else seeing your journal but you, so it does not matter how messy your handwriting is (writing quickly to get your thoughts down on paper can get pretty messy). The only complaint I've heard about this method is that some people say that their thoughts are faster than theirs

• Use a tape recorder
Those who complain about writing in a journal have found great success with this technique. Just tape record your thoughts. This way you can speak as fast as your thoughts come to you. Occasionally you will exhaust those thoughts (as well as your voice), and be able to sleep.

These are just some suggestions. Get creative! I'm sure that, with some inspiration, you will be able to think of some others on your own.