I’m sure you’ve read about people who have started off with not much in life, or had really bad starts in life, but rose above their bad backgrounds to become successful in spite of them? Well, it’s like the same thing can happen with bipolar disorder. Or, at least, specifically, getting the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
How come one person can get the diagnosis of bipolar disorder and never seem to rise above
it…Learning how to manage it…Becoming stable…Becoming high-functioning…Becoming productive…Becoming happy…Becoming successful.
While another person with the same diagnosis of bipolar disorder never seems to rise above it…Never learning how to manage it…Going from episode to episode…Never becoming high functioning…Never becoming stable…Never becoming productive…Never becoming happy…Never becoming successful.
What’s the difference?
See…First you get the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and then you have to ask yourselves: Where do we go from here? And then it’s basically up to you and your loved one. They can choose to be in denial, for one thing. And that will cause them to fail at stability. In other words…They can deny that they even have bipolar disorder. They can say that the doctor/psychiatrist is wrong about them.
Or they might take the medication until they feel better, and then believe that they’re “cured…” And then want to stop their medication. That’s a form of denial, too. A very dangerous form. Because if they stop their medication, they’ll go into a bipolar episode.
Maybe not right away, because the medication may stay in their system for a while, but it will happen. Because one of the things about bipolar disorder is that there is NO cure for it at the moment. (so even though they “feel better,” they are NOT cured). But there IS treatment. And treatment consists of medication and therapy.
But they need to stay on that medication so they continue to feel better and so that their mood swings are regulated and they stay out of bipolar episodes. Without that medication, that just isn’t going to happen.
And they will fail at their efforts at stability. Pure and simple. But the person who continues to take their medication and comply with treatment, WILL succeed at stability.
Well, I have to go!