How’s it going for you today.
I hope your day is going well so far.
Remember when we were little, we called our bellybuttons “innie” or “outie”?
I don’t know if kids still do that today.
But I do know that “outies” were not the norm.
I think, for them, that it was harder than for the “innies” who were in the majority.
What about you?
Are you an innie or an outie?
Were you popular in school or not, in other words?
If all you cared about was being with the “in crowd,” back in school, then you might be struggling as a supporter to a loved one with bipolar disorder now.
A supporter who is doing their job may not be in the majority.
For example, at support group meetings.
Sometimes people talk at these meetings about how they found a natural cure for bipolar disorder
and that their loved one has gone off their medication and is fine.
Well, you know you can’t do that (and this person shouldn’t, either).
But if you speak up, defending medications as treatment, you may find you get some negative
The thing is that you have to be confident in yourself.
You have to know that you have good judgment and can make good decisions for you and your loved one, as well as other family members.
You have to trust your instincts.
Especially in the case above.
Your instinct should tell you that there is no “miracle cure,” natural or otherwise, for bipolar disorder.
And just because this person is claiming it, doesn’t mean that you have to be on “their side.”
Stick up for what you believe in, like I teach in my courses/systems.
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
You should know the “rights” and “wrongs” of being a supporter by now.
And the proof will be in whether your loved one is on the way to stability or not.
You do what works for YOU, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks or says.
Some of the things I recommend in my courses/systems are not the majority opinion.
Like my doctor finding system.
Nothing like it existed until I made it a reality.
Now, some people accept it and do real well with it, but others don’t.
But I suggest these things because I KNOW they will lead to stability for your loved one.
When you are getting opposition to what you are doing, you have to ask yourself, “Does this person have my loved one’s best interests at heart like I do?”
People are going to voice their own opinions, but it’s your choice whether to listen to them.
For example, I know there are people who think I’m a fraud.
But I know that I’m not, and you know that I’m not.
Neither do the thousands of other people I’ve helped with my courses/systems.
But still, people can say what they want to say.
I know the truth.
Stand by your convictions, even if it isn’t the most popular thing to do.
Your goal is to help your loved one, whether your methods are popular or not.
Even if you stand out as different from other supporters, you have to do what is best for YOUR loved one with bipolar disorder.
Have you come across what I was talking about in a support group meeting?
Are some of your methods for handling your loved one’s bipolar disorder somewhat unorthodox?
What are they?