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How’s it going?
I wanted to write you today about something
that’s rather interesting–a shocking
trait about bipolar disorder.
I have noticed now for many years that
there’s something really strange about
bipolar disorder. Well there are many
things but I find this one particular
thing most disturbing.
What is it?
It’s the fact that bipolar disorder episodes
wind up striking or occurring at the worst
possible times. The times that you are
least prepared. When you absolutely
don’t want an episode to occur.
I have some theories on this and
I will get to those in a second.
BUT, I want to remind everyone that
we have several holidays and events
We have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas,
New Years, and the New Year (I call this an
event as well).
You have to start to plan and think about
what you are going to do if your loved
one with bipolar disorder goes into an episode
or if you do.
During the next couple of months, many
people will have a difficult time coping
and dealing with bipolar disorder. Both
bipolar supporters and bipolar survivors.
This is a fact for the most part of bipolar
The key is to be prepared and realize the
shocking trait of bipolar disorder that
is strikes at the worst possible times.
Here is some advice. Start to think of
what you will do if a bipolar disorder episode
Things to think about:
How do you get a hold of the doctor/therapist
especially on a holiday.
What are you going to do if you are your loved
one with bipolar disorder is too manic or too
depressed for one of these holidays or events.
How are you going to handle other friends and
How are you going to handle the transition from
fun and holidays to the new year that is not
so fun and exciting (for many this leads to
What are you going to do if there is drinking
and you are there and you or your loved one
How are you going to handle diet restrictions
for the new year.
What are you going to do about not having
money to spend on present if that’s the case
These are the kinds of questions you need
to ask and start thinking about. You have
to making a plan and can’t just hope for
I like to think about bipolar disorder
as like a person or “being” that inhabits someone
and it’s a slick person. It’s cunning. It works
hard to cause problems. It sits and waits
for the best time for it to strike. When
people’s guard is down. When people don’t want
to deal with it. When people’s resources
are low. It doesn’t strike when a person
is in front of a hospital or team of doctors
where it would be easily overcome, it strikes
when it has the greatest chance to create
the most problems.
Now some might read this and think I am
out of my mind and that it’s not a “person”
or “thing” and that if I think about it like
this I am crazy or that I have a mental illness.
When I do think about it this way it helps
me separate the bipolar disorder from my mom,
it helps me plan better and it becomes kind of
like a game–me versus the disorder. Who’s smarter.
Who will win. I am competitive so I take the challenge
seriously. I have taught this thinking to many people
and they find it helps them as well.
If you start to think of bipolar NOT your loved
one is the real problem and enemy so to speak
it becomes easier to deal with as well.
With that said, take some time today and figure
out a plan. Grab a blank sheet of paper and
start to brainstorm.
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I must say, for three years in a row
AFTER my mom’s big bipolar episode, I let
my guard down. I know this sounds dumb but
I thought my mom had “used up” her big
episodes and there wouldn’t be any more.
For three years my mom went from stable to
unstable in as little as 7 days and then
the system kicked in and she went back to being
stable. BUT, I must say I had to intervene
and if I didn’t, I am not sure if the system
would have done everything without my intervention.
BUT the good news is that I rebuilt all I learned
into my current courses/systems to prevent these
type of “doomsday scenarios” from happening
during holiday periods like we will
see over the next two months.
I know some people think I am negative or a major
downer but I just want to warn you so you don’t
get caught and then have to scramble and suffer
during the holidays and fun time.
I know that many people know exactly what I am
talking about. I would appreciate if you share a
story about bipolar and how it strikes at the
worst possible times.
On one last thing. Remember it’s the bipolar NOT
you or your loved one. There’s two separate things.
No one wants to have bipolar and many times what
is done is done because they can’t help it.
One final thought. I believe the reason why
it appears that bipolar always strikes during
the worst times is because bipolar episodes
are triggered many times by stress or events.
So during holidays or fun times that can push a
person into mania and then afterwards push a person
into depression. Fun events can in some cases fuel
bipolar episodes. And it’s during fun periods of
time you don’t want an episode so it winds up happening
during the time you want it least. Make sense? Hope so.
Well I have to run. I have a million things to
do. Catch you tomorrow.
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