Posted: May 31, 2012 at 8:01 pmAUTHOR: SheiFunmi
That’s totally understandable. It’s never easy being told you have a mental illness. Luckily for me, I’ve never taken much too seriously, so it’s easy for me to find humor in my life. I try to make the best out of everything that happens and you should too. No one should live life worrying about everything and being sad all the time.
Anyway, I guess the first step would be to acknowledge that it is a part of you, but not let it define you. I’m sure you’ve heard it before but never tell yourself that you’re bipolar, you aren’t bipolar, you’re you. You just have bipolar. Being different is great too, I mean especially with bipolar and the creativity it so often comes with. Embrace it.
I think it’s good to research it too. Read up on everything bipolar. Know everything about it. Since it’s a part of you, you should get familiar with the signs of both mania and depression.
The next thing you should do is definitely surround yourself with people who you trust, like, and are there for you. Make sure they know about your condition. Never feel ashamed to tell anyone about it.
Also make sure that the doctors you see are there to help you and not just to send you off in record time. You come first. If you’re not comfortable with anyone you’re seeing, find someone else. It can be a long process, but it’s so worth it. I definitely wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my current therapist and doctor.
I haven’t really come as far as you make it sound. I’m still struggling with medication, anxiety, etc… It’s a mega long process to find the right combination of everything, and at times you’ll feel like you want to give up, but it’s worth the fight when you slowly start seeing things in a better light.
That’s all I can think of right now, but feel free to come off anon and I’ll happily talk to you more personally :)
TO EVERYONE: I know how it is to not have anyone to talk to and feel alone in these sorts of situations. I’m here for you guys ok? Anon or notMay 31, 2012