I wanted to share an email that I got recently with you:
“I have been diagnosed wirh Bipolar for 14 years, had the same job for 14 years, people meet me who meet and some who know me have no idea that I have bipolar, I also been in thearpy for it too for 14 years .. I am blessed that I have been able to afford my med, If you can’t afford meds you can contact the company who make them and you can get it free or what you can afford. Yes you can say that I am blessed, I know what I have and I know how to treat it. Before I knew that I had bipolar, I was a basket case, rages, up and down moods. I knew something was wrng. You can say that I am blessed. Iam not ashamed to say that I have bipolar. I am been stable for 14 years.”
You have no idea how much this email lifted my spirits! I get so many emails that are just the opposite. I get emails that are just horror stories. You wouldn’t believe some of the emails I get.
And I feel so sorry for these people. All I can do is keep writing these blog posts like I do and hopefully help some people. At least in some small way. Sometimes people tell me it helps in a big way, and that makes me feel good. But to get an email from a bipolar success story like
This, well, it really did lift my spirits. I wanted to share it with you because I know being a supporter of a loved one with bipolar disorder you can get discouraged sometimes. I know, because I did with my mom. Sometimes you can even feel like there’s no hope for your loved one. But I wanted you to see by this email that there IS hope! This person has been stable for 14 YEARS! Can you imagine that? WOW! 14 YEARS! That’s incredible!
But what I liked about their email is that they told about some of the things they do to stay stable.
The essential things, of course. Like taking medication. They even talked about how you could get your medication if you can’t afford it. And that’s true – Many drug companies now have Patience Assistance Programs. You can either get their phone number from your pharmacist or off the Internet. Then you can just call them directly and ask how to get help with your medication. You’ll be able to get it for little or sometimes even no money! I know some people have even been able to get help this way even though they had insurance but the insurance wouldn’t cover their bipolar medication. It’s worth a try.
The other main thing this person talked about that’s kept them stable for 14 years is the fact that they’ve been in therapy that whole time. Your loved one doesn’t have to be in therapy for their bipolar disorder. It’s not like having to take medication or anything. There’s no “rule” that says they have to. But I’ll tell you this – I’ve talked to a LOT of bipolar success stories, and in virtually EVERY case they were in therapy for their bipolar disorder. It just goes without saying that it’s a tool that can help your loved one deal with their bipolar disorder better. That’s because the therapist works with the issues that surround your loved one’s bipolar disorder.
Think there isn’t hope for your loved one? Just remember this person who’s been stable for 14 years!
Well, I have to go!