Last night I went to a restaurant and I
don’t think the food agreed with me. My
stomach hurt all night long.
I really have a lot of stomach problems. There
are tons of things that I can’t eat. I have
systematically tried to figure out what
was bad for me and what isn’t. My mom has
done the same thing.
My mom is 100% sure that certain foods
make her bipolar disorder worse. She has
figured out over the last years which ones
those are. You should do the same if you
have bipolar disorder.
Okay let me get moving on today’s topic.
I have to take off kind of early
this morning so I have to make this quick.
I wanted to write you today about a simple
concept called anticipation.
It’s a concept that many people simply don’t
seem to get with bipolar disorder but it’s
When you are coping and dealing with bipolar
disorder whether you have it or you are
supporting someone with it, you must
use this concept all the time
You really have to anticipate things that
can go wrong and have a plan when and/if
So many people never do this. I am
not sure why.
One of the biggest things both bipolar
supporters and those with bipolar disorder
fail to anticipate is the fact that
bipolar disorder is something that can be
managed but it takes constant monitoring
in order for it to be managed.
Some thing that bipolar disorder can be
cured which is can NOT be. Some think
that after a person is stable, everything
that was done that created stability can
be stopped but this is not true.
Some think that there won’t be good and
bad days and the goal is to have more good
days then bad days.
I notice with my mom now, she anticipates
potential problems and things that could
go wrong and she makes plans to reduce
or counter this.
This is the same with many people that work
for me as well. They do the same thing. The ones
that have bipolar disorder or another disorder.
The people I know who don’t do well, don’t
do this at all.
In my courses/systems, I try to provide you
will many things that can happen with bipolar
disorder and how to prevent or correct them.
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At first when you are trying to anticipate all
that can happen, you will most likely be frustrated.
You will feel overwhelmed. Eventually anticipation
is like a skill that you build. Over time,
you start to quickly figure out what can happen
and have a plan to prevent it or a plan to
handle it if it were to happen.
When it comes to bipolar disorder, I have
never seen so many people with virtually
no plans at all. It’s amazing to me. My dad
AND mom did this for years and years. I think
it’s because no one ever sat my mom and dad
down and said how seriously bipolar disorder
I remember as a kid how random sometimes out
house was. Meaning lots of times, my entire
existence was a function of whatever kind of
bipolar disorder episode if any my mom was
having. Sometimes it was good. Sometimes it
was okay. Sometimes it was a total disaster.
One last hint. When the seasons change,
a bipolar episode can creep in. Guess what?
The seasons are changing. So I an anticipate
a potential mini episode AND so does my
mom. We have a plan what to do if signs
show for one.
Also, based on historical data so to speak
with my mom, her major episodes start right after
Christmas. Guess what’s coming? Christmas?
Also, it’s during this period what I call
Doomsday scenarios occur. I am not going to
really talk about that until later on.
Anyway, do some thinking. If you can, get
my courses and material so you can find out
what could happen and also what to do
about it. Then start making plans on paper.
Well I have to go.
Well I have to take off, I will catch you tomorrow.
P.S. Don’t forget to take a look through the
different programs I’ve put together… each one is designed
to help you with a different area of bipolar disorder whether
you have it or you are supporting someone with it.
You can see them all and get the details by visiting:
P.P.S. Check out my F.ree blog with copies of emails
that I have sent in the past and lots of great
information for you:
P.P.P.S Check out my F.ree podcast. Hear me give
mini seminars designed to teach you information
you can’t learn anywhere else.