Dealing with Bipolar? This Can Make You Stronger


I hope you’re doing well today.

There’s a saying that goes, “Anything that doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger.”

Now, here’s the thing about bipolar disorder that I tell people all the time:

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong disease with no cure (yet), but it is not a death sentence.

Some people feel like it is.

I feel sorry for these people, because they just “roll over and play dead.”

Then they don’t learn about the disorder or how to manage it. It manages them instead.

They think having bipolar disorder is the worst thing that could have ever happened to them.

I get quite a few negative responses like that.

But here’s one that encouraged me:


I never asked for my husband to have

bipolar disorder. Of course, he didn’t

ask for it, either. It wasn’t his fault.

Nevertheless, there it is, right smack

dab in the middle of our lives, with no

escape. But you know, I’m actually

grateful. It could have been worse, it

could have been cancer or something.

At least bipolar disorder won’t kill him,

and I still have my husband.

I think it’s how you look at it. We choose

to look at it like the glass is half full, and

try to find the positive things about it.

Like, he is much more aware of his health

because of his bipolar disorder. We make

sure he eats a healthy diet, exercises, and

keeps a good sleep schedule.

We go to a support group, so he can be with

others struggling with the same things that

he is (and so can I). We are close with our

families, so they are part of his support system


And we both monitor his moods, are careful

of his triggers, and watch for signs and

symptoms of an episode. And of course, he

sees a psychiatrist and a therapist who can tell,

too. We’ve been able to avoid much more

serious episodes this way.

I can’t really say we’re used to his bipolar

disorder, because how can you ever really get

used to it? But we have learned to accept that

this is something he has and will have for the

rest of his life, and it’s something we battle


I think my husband’s bipolar disorder has

actually made him stronger. With his medication,

he is very stable, and is very productive. He

helps me around the house, and he also does

volunteer work, which makes him feel good

about himself. We also believe that the disorder

itself makes him more creative, so that really

helps with us solving problems and other stuff.

I’m not saying that we like the fact that he

has bipolar disorder, but it has united us, and

I do believe it has made us both stronger,

fighting this battle together. Anyway, thanks

for listening. Barbara.”


Wow. What a testimonial about the positive side of bipolar disorder.

Bet you didn’t think there was one, huh?

I usually hear the opposite, people talking about how difficult it is, but that’s why I wanted to share this with you.

Bipolar disorder can make you stronger, just like Barbara was saying in her comments.

It’s all in how you look at it – you can look at it as something that ruins your life and makes you miserable, or you can do like she said – accept it.

How you or your loved one looks at the disorder has a lot to do with whether they will get stable, like I point out in my courses/systems:







When you accept something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you just lay down and take it.

Especially when it comes to something like bipolar disorder.

But acceptance is necessary when it comes to the disorder and the fight for stability.

Here’s the thing though –

Just because you accept it doesn’t mean you have to like it.

I’m not saying that. Obviously, nobody is going to like having the disorder.

But if you accept it like Barbara and her husband do, you can do things to battle it.

I think they have the right attitude, don’t you?

  1. Before I investigated all the articles out there about bipolar, and found this site, I thouht I was the only one who had such varied symptoms. Once I accepted the diagnosis of “bipolar disosrder,” and that I WASN’T the only one to have religious delusions, I looked at the disorder as something “unique” and “special.” That’s not to say I’m “lucky” to be a person with bipolar. It just says I recognize my strengths and talents a lot more than I did before. And just because I’m on Social Security Disability doesn’t mean I just sit around the house and watch DVDs all day (I did for YEARS!). I’m on my computer for 3-4 hours every day, filling out forms and taking surveys, as well as signing up for mystery shopping. I am able to “function” and stabilize now. So, for those with bipolar – take your heads out of the sand, and look at the big, bright, beautiful world, and enjoy your little part of it.

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

  2. Good for you DavidOliver, for not giving up, for keeping going. A lot of people with bipolar disorder simply give up, feeling no hope. What they don’t realize is that bipolar disorder isn’t always a bad thing. In Richard Jarzynka’s latest book, “Blessed with Bipolar: 36 God-Given Gifts of Manic-Depression,” I learned that people with bipolar feel emotions more intensely than most people.
    Because of this people with bipolar disorder can empathize better with people and can comfort people in a way that most people can’t. Richard Jarzynka points out that these people (people with bipolar disorder) are true instruments, sent here to help god in changing others lives. If only everyone with bipolar disorder realized this…

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