Living With Bipolar - Key Word...Living
Updated: Aug 3, 2022
My goal is to live life to the fullest, in spite of my mood disorder. Yes, I have been told by four psychiatrists that my disorder is very fragile and is difficult to treat or obtain lengthy stability. I spend anywhere from six to nine months of the year in depression, and about a month or two in hypomania/mania which leaves three or more months left for sporadic, short terms of stability. I refuse to let this mental illness define me. I have found that relationships are of utmost importance. Safe, mutual, empathetic relationships are key to my stability. I'm convinced my life with bipolar would be much worse if I didn't put a lot of time and effort into my relationships, and my support network.
I travel, go out socially with friends and family, practice yoga and qigong, take walks in nature, and attend concerts and events. Even sometimes when I don't want to do these things. Fake it to you make it can take you places, out of isolation.
So the point is to LIVE with bipolar or any other mental illness. I try to capitalize on the stable times. Ever reminding myself to be grateful when I feel good and to know that moods always shift.
Take good care,
"What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -- Mary Oliver