How’s it going for you today?
I hope you have a great day today.
I actually have a ton of work to do so I have to get moving pretty quick.
Let’s jump into today’s topic.
I hired a firm to help me with a major problem I had with my website.
Well, this firm fixed SOME of the problems I had, but I later found out that if I had used a different solution it would have saved me a ton of time and money.
The reason why I went to the first firm is that I was uneducated and didn’t take the time to learn about the problem.
I just trusted the first so-called expert that came my way.
You can’t just blindly trust everything you hear or see.
With bipolar disorder, you have to be educated.
You have to become your own expert on the disorder.
I educate people through my courses/systems, but I also tell them to never stop learning about bipolar disorder.
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
You might even have to get a second opinion.
Doctors are just people, and they can make mistakes.
Question your doctor.
Question the experts.
You also will have to use your own judgment.
Sometimes even trust your own gut feeling – that if something doesn’t “feel” right, it may be wrong.
You do have to have some faith but many times, people just blindly follow experts without questioning.
Even with me, question ALL that I tell you.
Look hard at what I am saying.
Compare it to other information you find.
Bipolar disorder is an individual disease.
Although it has its own symptoms, and everyone who is diagnosed with the disorder is diagnosed by those symptoms, they still are different in different people.
Also, your loved one may have more than just bipolar disorder.
People can have more than one disorder at a time.
So if your loved one has some symptoms that are outside the bipolar symptoms, question it.
Another thing is too that bipolar disorder can change.
Your loved one may have been diagnosed with (and have symptoms for) one type of bipolar disorder, and then later on show symptoms of another type of bipolar disorder.
If so, question it.
Then question your loved one’s doctor about it.
Don’t just think it’s all in your head.
And always keep learning.
Even the experts don’t know everything there is to know about bipolar disorder.
And each person with the disorder is different, as well.
You have to learn to deal with (and help manage) your loved one’s bipolar disorder.
The more you know, the better it will be for both of you.
You also have to learn how to be a good supporter to your loved one.
The books and experts don’t teach you that.
That is something you need to learn on your own.
You can get some advice from other people, like maybe people in your support group, but ultimately it is your own judgment that you’ll be using.
Many things associated with bipolar disorder come by way of trial and error.
You need to use your knowledge base, but you also need to use your common sense.
Use whatever works with your own loved one.
Have you ever read or heard about something associated with bipolar disorder that just didn’t seem right to you?
What did you do about it?