How are you?
Hey I ran out of space for the subject line. Take’s topic is “The truth about bipolar recovery groups.”
What a week it’s been. I have some major problems that I am going to tell you about next week. It’s concerning someone who has bipolar disorder that is not stable.
It’s been a nightmare.
On a positive note, my mom is doing great.
A few things.
First, I have f.ree financial articles that relate to bipolar disorder here:
Secondly, I have two h.ome based virtual positions open right now.
One is an administrative assistant position The second is a customer service position.
Please read the job descriptions carefully. We are looking for GOOD qualified people. Not people wanting to make a few bucks at home.
I advertised the admin job the other day and a few people wrote me, “hey, I have 5 kids and need to make a few bucks, this should be great.” That is not a person who sounds qualified or is serious.
We take this work VERY serious. The people on my team are dedicated to helping people cope and deal with bipolar disorder. You will be working with super talented people. Many of which have many disorders themselves.
Okay now on today’s topic.
I got a blog post:
Melissa Colleen said: I attend AA meetings and get annoyed when people say that taking psychiatric meds is ‘relapsing.’ I choose not to share this information about myself to avoid the frustration.
I am lucky enough to have supporters who 100% know the importance of medication. Sometimes I have to accept on a daily basis that taking meds will be a part of my day for the rest of my life. It was much harder to accept in the beginning, but non-acceptance still creeps in sometimes.
This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten this type of post on my blog. This seems to be a common problem. From people I’ve talked to, the most common answer is that AA is only for alcoholics, and they consider anything else an ‘outside issue.’
They don’t mean that in a mean way – it’s just that there are so many types of recovery groups today that each one has to sort of ‘specialize’ in just one area. And they sort of have a point, because like AA is for alcoholics, there are bipolar support groups for people with bipolar disorder.
I think this woman is right about choosing ‘not to share this information about myself to avoid the frustration.’ There is still a great deal of stigma in our society against people with bipolar disorder. It’s just a simple lack of knowledge.
And people fear what they don’t understand. Fear can cause people to strike out against what they don’t understand, so in this case, when they say that this woman is ‘relapsing’ because she takes psychiatric medications, it’s probably because they don’t understand bipolar disorder in general, and her situation in particular.
The truth is, she is NOT relapsing. People with bipolar disorder, whether they are in recovery programs or not (and many are, because they have substance abuse problems besides the bipolar disorder) MUST take edications for management of their disorder, or they may DIE. According to the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), 1 out of 5 people with untreated (unmedicated) bipolar disorder, WILL DIE.
I know, because I talk about this in my courses/systems:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
When this woman in the blog post says, ‘I am lucky enough to have supporters who 100% know the importance of medication,’ she is telling the TRUTH!
Unfortunately, that still doesn’t mean that people will understand. Many people are just now coming forward and admitting they have bipolar disorder – thus putting a face on the disorder. Not just famous people, but real people, too.
The more we can educate people about bipolar disorder (and, yes, the importance of medications to control and manage it), the less fear they will have about it and the more they will understand it.
In the meantime, what I have to say to Melissa Colleen is this about AA meetings (what one person in AA told me to say) ‘Take what you need and leave the rest.’
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