Have you ever heard the expression “Life has no limits”?
It’s one of those sayings that motivational speakers use that try to get you to believe that you can be anything you want to be, do anything you want to do, go anywhere you want to go, and accomplish anything you want to accomplish in life. No limits.
And I agree with that.
But does the same thing apply to people with bipolar disorder and their supporters?
Think about it.
I volunteer at several bipolar support groups, and I’m not saying that if you go to a bipolar support group that yours is like this, but a couple of the ones I go to are like his. But they complain and talk about all the limits that bipolar disorder all of a sudden have put on their lives.
This isn’t how I talk about it in my courses/systems, though:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
In my courses/systems, I talk about how if your loved one is on their medication and sticking to their treatment program, there is no reason that they shouldn’t be living a fairly normal life. And the same for you as a supporter. Now, I know your loved one might feel that taking medication for the rest of their life isn’t fun and might feel limiting, but think about it (and tell them to think about it) – isn’t it more like the other way around? It’s really the medication that allows the limitations to be taken OFF your life when you’re living with bipolar disorder!
I teach people how to become high functioning, and what that means is that you learn ways to deal with the disorder so that you have way fewer episodes. Things like learning how to manage your disorder, manage stress, manage time etc.
When you can do that, your whole life is more manageable, and there’s no reason that, despite having bipolar disorder in it, life should have any limits for you or your loved one – In other words, you (and your loved one) should be able to do anything you want to do, go anywhere you want to go, and accomplish anything you want to accomplish in life. No limits.
What do you think? Let me know.
David Oliver is the author of the shocking guide “Bipolar Disorder—The REAL Silent Killer.” Click Here to get FREE Information sent via email on how and why bipolar disorder kills.