Did you know that bipolar disorder does not discriminate? It doesn’t care if you’re black, white, or purple. It doesn’t care if you’re young, old or in-between. It doesn’t care if you’re male or female. It doesn’t care if you’re married or single. It doesn’t care if you’re blonde, brunette,
or redheaded. It doesn’t care if you’re Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Traditional Chinese,
or whatever spiritual belief you adhere to – Or even if you’re agnostic or atheist! It doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor. It doesn’t care if you graduated from high school or not, or if you have a thousand college degrees.
It doesn’t care what you wear… What your shoe size is… What your favorite color is… What type of ice cream you like… What type of movies you watch… Or anything else.
BIPOLAR DISORDER DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE.
If you want to gain stability with bipolar disorder, it has nothing to do with any of the above listed things. If you want to gain stability with bipolar disorder, you have to do certain things that will make you stable.
You still have to take your medications every day. You still have to see your doctor and therapist when you’re supposed to. You still have to continue your treatment plan. You still have to get the right amount of sleep. You still have to exercise. You still have to eat a healthy diet. You still have to be productive, so that you can feel a sense of accomplishment at the end
of every day. You still have to have a strong support system and interact with that support system, making sure they know how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking.
You should still be keeping a mood chart and/or journal so you can keep a record of your moods, thoughts and feelings. You should still be being proactive and watching for signs and symptoms so you can notice patterns and avoid bipolar episodes before they happen. You should still have outside interests so that bipolar disorder doesn’t take over your whole life. You should still try to join a bipolar support group (if there is one in your area, or a NAMI group if there isn’t). And you should still find pleasure in your life, do things that make you happy, so that you also have joy in your life.
It’s all these things combined that will bring stability to your life. It’s all about doing the hard work to get the results you want.
I heard this story once about two brothers. One was lazy, but the other was a real go-getter.
Well, they both went to college. The go-getter went because he wanted to – he had hopes, plans, dreams, and goals. The lazy brother went just because his brother was going and, what the heck, his parents were paying for it, after all. College was not easy for the go-getter, but he did his best and studied hard and got his degree, being offered jobs even before he graduated! The lazy brother struggled in college, because it sure wasn’t as easy as he’d thought it would be. He cheated where he could and faked the rest. He passed his courses, and barely graduated. Now, who do you think will be the greater success in life?
Well, I have to go!