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I wanted to share this email I got, because
this woman talks about a real important
point I want to talk to you about.
I want to tell you about something that
happened to me. We recently had a really
bad plumbing problem, that was going to be
really, really expensive to fix, way more
money than we had in our savings account.
We just didn’t know what to do. My first
reaction was to just sit there and cry and cry.
All I wanted to do was go to bed and pull
the covers over my head and pretend that
the problem would go away by itself. It
honestly felt like my bipolar disorder was
talking to me and telling me to do that!
But then I remembered something you
said in one of your emails and in your
course. You said we had to stand up to
our bipolar disorder, and not let it get the
best of us. You talked about how it might
seem sometimes like the disorder would
actually “talk” to us, like it was an entity
of its own! Well, that’s exactly what I
So I stood up to it, and I didn’t go up to
bed. We checked with a few friends, and
found a couple guys who could fix the
problem without charging us, so all we
had to do was pay for parts, which was
less than we had in savings!
So thanks to you for reminding me that
I could stand up to bipolar disorder like
it was outside of me, and I could solve
a problem without panicking and it
could work out – I didn’t have to
hide from it.
Let me tell you something. This
woman really encourages me – I
hope she encourages you, too. It’s
nice to know that something I said in
my emails and courses helped her,
because I know that in my courses I
do teach about standing up to bipolar
disorder and not letting it get the best
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
The important thing is NOT to panic!
Try to reason out what to do in the
situation. I know it sounds crazy, but
it IS true that sometimes you can actually
“hear” your bipolar talk to you – this
woman isn’t the only one I’ve had to
tell me the same thing.
The point is, that if your bipolar had
its way, it would make you give up at
the first sign of a problem. Then you
would always remain low functioning
and supporters would always be burned
The other point I wanted to make was
like the woman in the email said –
being honest, that at first she did cry.
It’s ok to react honestly – you don’t
have to pretend to be superman or
superwoman. It’s ok to have regular
human emotions! You don’t have to
assume you are automatically going
into a bipolar episode!
So you can react normally, as long as
you don’t panic. Then you can think of
what to do. Try to ignore what your
bipolar is telling you to do. Fight it!
A friend of mine uses an expression
called “doing the next right thing.”
Try to do that when faced with a
problem like this lady had. Don’t let
the bipolar tell you that you are
defeated, just because the problem
seems bigger than you are.
Try to stay positive, don’t panic, and
look for a solution to your problem.
Sometimes it will mean asking someone
else for help – which is something that
bipolar usually doesn’t want you to do,
If the disorder had its way, most
of you would be isolated. So it’s hard
to fight that. But you can do it! If you
share your problem, you can usually
find help in solving it. Use this lady’s
story as a positive example.
Well, I’ve got to go. Think about this,
so that the next time you’re faced
with a seemingly impossible situation,
you won’t panic and let the bipolar get
the best of you!
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:
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