Hi, how’s it going? Hope you are doing well.
I was talking to someone who called in the other day who had a concern. They had bipolar disorder, and they were also having trouble with housing circumstances. See, they had wasted all of their money while they were manic, because they weren’t on their medications at the time. They had thought that they could go off of their medications because they didn’t feel bad. But now they had started to realize that they needed to be on their medications all of the time.
But even though they realized this, they were still living with the consequences of their actions. They were essentially homeless. They had two options. They could either stay at a homeless shelter, or they could go move in with their family.
Now, immediately, one might assume that their family would have to be better than a homeless shelter. But there was a catch: Their family did not approve of them taking medications for their bipolar, believing that they should just be able to will it away. So, while it may seem better to be living with family, it may actually be better to stay at the homeless shelter so that they can take their medications and get themselves back on their feet.
There is a phrase, “The lesser of two evils.” Basically what that phrase means is that there aren’t always easy choices to make. When you’re facing a difficult choice, you have to choose the best option, even if it’s not a good option. Unfortunately, in life, there aren’t always good options. But we can make the best of what we can. This can be applied to all sorts of decisions that we have to make.
For example, if you cannot afford a regular psychiatrist or therapist, and you have to choose between whatever the option is in your area for people with lower income, or not having a psychiatrist or therapist at all, then you have to choose the lesser of two evils.
When you are in a crisis, and you have to choose between inpatient and outpatient services, then you have to look at both options carefully and figure out what is the lesser of two evils for you in that situation.
This will be different for everyone in that sort of situation, because everyone is experiencing different circumstances. For some, there may not be outpatient services that can handle that sort of crisis situation. For others, they might have the opposite problem.
There are a lot of situations in life where you will have to choose the lesser of two evils. There are some important things to remember when you go to make a decision like this. First of all, don’t be rash. Make sure you think over your decisions carefully with a clear head.
Secondly, don’t be afraid to get feedback about your decision. It may be that someone can see things from a better perspective than you can at this particular point in time. Thirdly, try to make the most of whatever you decide to do.
It may not be the best option you can think of, but it is the best option that’s available at the moment, so there’s no point in sulking about it. After all, when choosing between sulking and being happy, I think being happy is the lesser of two evils. 😛
Do you have any thoughts on this?
Well, I have to go!