Going through a manic episode of bipolar disorder is tough enough. And admittedly, the very nature of such an episode does not present itself as a time to click off check lists. But, if you could try to keep a few ideas in mind when you discover you're undergoing a manic episode, you may be able to help minimize this particular episode of your bipolar disorder. Here's a quick checklist that you may even want to post on your refrigerator that you may want to use as a person who suffers from bipolar disorder. If not, provide this list to your trusted friends and care givers. It may give them not only the insight to help you manage your manic episode, but some practical advice in helping you deal with the mania associated with bipolar disorder.

* Call someone. Let him know that you're undergoing a manic episode associated with your bipolar disorder. Be sure to tell him whether you feel safe or not.

* Try with all your might not to make a decision. You know from experience that decisions made in the midst of a manic episode of bipolar disorder have disastrous consequences.

* Write down the medication you were taking prior to this episode. Perhaps this could be the cause of this particular episode of your bipolar disorder.

* Write down your feelings. Send these through an e-mail or other methods to a friend or an e-mail list you've already set up to help you manage your bipolar disorder. This person or persons may also be able to help give you some feedback on your state of mind.

* Get some exercise. One of the best things you can do for your bipolar disorder is to burn off some of that excess energy. When you do this, though, stay close to home. Don't try taking any long-distance trips. The mania of your bipolar disorder may tell you it's perfectly fine to travel long distances - it isn't.

* Avoid obsessive activities. This includes over eating. As part of your manic episode associated with bipolar disorder, it's extremely difficult to keep yourself from performing obsessive activities. This is just one of them.

* Isolate yourself from any triggers that may drive you farther into your manic episode. You're well aware no doubt that your well being as a person who suffers from bipolar disorder depends in large part on an established sleep pattern. Try hard right now to follow it.

* Take notice of your appearance. This may seem like strange advice, but you know as a person who suffers from bipolar disorder you can dress strangely at times and not even be aware of it.

* Keep telling yourself that even though your bipolar disorder episode right now is providing you with pleasure, you must constantly remind yourself of your need to stay safety conscious. Keep in mind that this really isn't you guiding your thinking at the moment.

* Review your activities following your manic episode. You've struggled with this before as a person who suffers from bipolar disorder. Review your check book, see if you've been to work, even call people to see if they know what you've been up to lately.