Hope you’re having a good day.
Lately, I have been hearing so much nonsense about so many things, my head hurts.
People tell me it’s the end of the world because of the stock market. People tell me stuff about bipolar that is TOTALLY wrong. Real estate people try to get me to buy a house in a bad market.
People then tell me how to run this organization with no clue. That made me think of you.
Because you may be one of those supporters of a loved one with bipolar disorder who other people tell you (who know nothing about you, your loved one, or bipolar disorder):
· exactly how you should be running your life
· what you should be doing
· what you shouldn’t be doing
· exactly how you should be a supporter
· how you should be taking care of your loved one
· what you’re doing wrong
· how they know so much more than you do
· how you should do things their way
· that they know how to do it
· etc., etc., etc.
These people could be people from your (or your loved one’s) support group, or they could even be friends and/or family. Sometimes even strangers offer unwanted advice when they find out you’re dealing with a loved one with bipolar disorder.
But the point is, they (of course) know more than you do about bipolar disorder and how to be a good supporter.
Just like these people who write to me and proclaim to know how to run my business better than me.
Doesn’t that make you mad? I know it makes me mad.
If your loved one is stable, or at least on the road to being stable, then you’re being a good supporter.
You’re doing it right.
And these other people shouldn’t be telling you different.
In my courses/systems, I talk about how to be a good supporter. I even talk about support groups, and how one of the bad things about them is just what I’ve been talking about:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
One of the bad things about a support groups is that, although you have good people in them, you also have people like this (we used to call them know-it-all’s) who think they know everything and the way to do it, and they’re the ones who tell everyone else how to do it too.
Now, even if their loved one is stable, and even if their way does work, it does NOT mean it’s going to work for your loved one, because everyone is different.
So what you have to do is, you have to develop a bipolar filter, or else if you listen to them, and do what they say, you could stand the chance of making your loved one worse.
You know what works for your loved one and what doesn’t work.
Especially if your loved one is doing good, and/or is stable right now, or on the road to stability.
And even if they’re not, just try something else. Try some of the suggestions from my courses. But don’t just blindly listen to what other people tell you, because they may not work, and they may do more harm than good.
Remember to use your bipolar filter.
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Well, I have to go!
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