How’s it going?
I hope you are doing well.
Guess what? I finally figured out how to post pictures on my blog. Actually Andrea told me how (Andrea works for me).
So I have some pictures of my last hike. One if of a bear that I saw along the way. I was only 15 feet away. Good thing I didn’t get eaten : )
Also I have pictures of the lake that is at the top of the mountain.
You can see them by look at the bottom of my blog.
You have to scroll ALL the way down on the blog post. ALL the way.
Okay, today I wanted to talk about something that’s super important for advertising but it’s a concept that’s perfect for bipolar disorder as well.
In some forms of online advertising, there’s something called “learnings.” Basically it’s a situation where a computer is deciding what types of advertising to buy and at what price.
Over time, the computer is supposed to figure out what’s the best kind to buy at which price. The information that is learned is called “learnings.” I was reminded about this term the other day when I spoke with someone who runs some of my advertising.
This got me to thinking about how important this concept is for bipolar disorder.
The way that someone gets better at being a bipolar supporter or managing the disorder themselves if they have it is by learning what works and doesn’t work over time.
Each time something works, it should be stored in your memory – and each time something doesn’t work, it should be stored as well. After a period of time you can take all your learning and have a smooth running situation.
The problem I have noticed with bipolar disorder is that no one really learns anything. People make the same old mistakes over and over and over again.
Let’s look at some.
A person gets off his/her medication several times over many years each time causing massive problems. Never learning that staying on medication is the key.
A bipolar supporter allows his/her loved one to control everything while they are manic and loses tons of money several times over many years.
A person with bipolar disorder fails to see the doctor with regularity and as a result the medications stop working as well and bad things happen. The person should have learned he/she needs to see the doctor with regularity.
A bipolar supporter makes the mistake of thinking all that has to be done is simply to turn a loved one over to a doctor and everything will work out just right. What he/she should have learned is that this isn’t the case and there are many things that have to be done in concert with working with a good doctor.
Over the years, my family made a HUGE mistake by never learning anything. When I look back, we never ever learned anything from any bipolar episode until like 2005 when we started learning things.
If there were a major episode, no one ever even thought why it happened or how we could have prevented it. We just got by only to have the same things happen again and again.
It’s really dumb if you think about it.
Has this happened to you?
There was this great philosopher named Santayana, and he said that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Well, I take that one step further. If you don’t learn from your past, and your past mistakes, you’re just going to keep making the same mistakes over and over again.
And with bipolar disorder, those mistakes that you keep making over and over again, whether you’re supporting a loved one with the disorder or you have the disorder yourself, can be very costly.
They can even lead to death, if they involve your medications (and going off them over and over again).
In my courses/systems below:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
I stress over and over again that you have to have systems in place for dealing with learning from past episodes, and I teach you exactly how to do this.
If you don’t learn how to use “learnings,”you’re just going to keep repeating the same mistakes, and you will never learn how to manage bipolar disorder. You need to develop your own bipolar learnings!
This is a picture of the lake at the top of the mountain
Here is a picture of the mountains leading to the lake.
Here is a picture of the bear I saw.
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.