Bipolar? What You See Is…


How’s it going for you today?

I hope you’re having a good day.

They say that what you see is what you get.

I say that what you see is not necessarily what you get!

Here’s what I mean:

You can hope for one thing…

And then get surprised when you get something totally different.

You can look at something a certain way and think you’re sure of what you see…

Then find out it’s not.

Think about optical illusions, for example.

If you look at it one way, you see one thing.

But if you look at it another way, you see something else.

The important thing when it comes to bipolar disorder, like I say in my courses/systems, is

that you DO look at what is facing you, however.







Optical illusions can “trick” us.

Well, bipolar disorder can trick you the same way.

You think you see it one way, but something changes, and you can see it a totally other


A lot of it has to do with your attitude.

If you look at something with a positive attitude, you’re going to see it one way.

But if you look at it with a negative attitude, you’re going to see it another way.

When you apply this principle to bipolar disorder, you can see the difference that your attitude

can make.

If you look at your loved one’s recovery from bipolar disorder with a positive viewpoint, you’re

going to see them as stable someday.

And you hope for that day.

If you look at your loved one’s bipolar disorder with a negative attitude, however, you may think

that they’ll never get better.

Think about that optical illusion.

There are two ways to look at the same thing.

One supporter put it this way:

“Right now my son is not stable

with his bipolar disorder. But

at least he’s trying his best. It’s

just that he keeps having problems

with his medication. Sometimes

he gets discouraged, but I try to

keep him optimistic, because I am

a positive person, and I try to keep

him focused on the future and that

someday he will be better, that

soon they’ll get his medications



That’s the difference that a good attitude can make.

This woman is a good supporter.

Having a positive outlook can help you get through the hard times.

It can keep you looking forward to the “someday” of stability.

Things may look bad now, but if you look at it later, things will look much different.

That’s how bipolar disorder tricks you.

It can get you believing that what you see now is what you’re always going to get.

But that’s not true.

If your loved one is doing the things they need to do to further their stability, then you have every reason to hope that they will recover.

Just remember that it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

Do you agree that bipolar disorder tries to “trick” you into thinking that your loved one will never get better?

Can you see it differently now?

  1. Just like bipolar disorder, I’m dealing with a TIA (mini-stroke). The first attitude I had was – “Why me? I’m dizzy, and doesn’t anybody CARE?” I wasn’t seeing any progress with all the specialists and their tests. Then, my physical therapist let the cat out of the bag, and told me I had significant brain damage from a TIA. He told me that if I worked with him and improved on my exercises, there would be a time when I would NOT be dizzy!! This, to me, was EXTRAORDINARY news!

    He said that when there was damage in the brain, other “circuits” had to find a route or shortcut around the damaged part – in this case, my sense of balance, causing the vertigo. And that was what physical therapy was all about! My Dad had a TIA in the mid-50s, and afterward was always saying he was living on “borrowed time.” I was in a mini-depression last week, but as soon as I looked at the TIA for what it WAS, I, too, have a more POSITIVE attitude toward “fixing” me.

    “If God brings you TO it, He will bring you THROUGH it.” My faith sustains me during this long siege of vertigo, to a “positive” resolution in time.

    BIG HUGS to all bipolar survivors and those who love us. May God bless you real good. I pray for my country.

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