At this point, I have quite a few tips on how to fail with bipolar disorder. From medication to therapy to relationships, this is a comprehensive guide.
Hope you enjoy.
My doctor calls it remission. If you want to know my opinion, as someone who has dealt with bipolar symptoms since they were 12—I am positive that this illness will never go away.
That’s not even an option. And I’m not really bothered by it. I feel secure as a bipolar individual and my illness can be a gift. This is not to say the road to recovery isn’t tough.
First, it started with a little white pill on a lazy Florida afternoon.
Now it’s seven pills a day, and sometimes, when I’m getting ready to take my meds at night, I think:
How did I get here?
I’m feeling a little lifted. Brighter than usual.
I decide it’s a really good idea to go to the drug store and stock up on items that I need. I start a list in my mind, and it’s quite long.
I got my nails done for the first time in a while yesterday. I debated the idea this past week, knowing that it was an extra expense but I wanted to treat myself.
I’m glad I did it.
I’ve learned over the last 24 years that a woman’s relationship with her mother varies as much as our personalities.
Borrowing from a theory I learned in therapy, in a relationship, there is the individual personality and the collective personality. The collective personality is made up of both individual personalities. That makes the relationship between mother and daughter even more dynamic.
When was the last time you exercised or ate healthy for a whole day?
Lately I’ve been having a battle with my diet and exercise routine, but the increasing encouragement from my treatment team to supercharge my personal health plan is finally sinking in. I don’t want to add to the symptoms anymore. I want to feel better physically. I want to feel better about myself.
Living with mental illness is rarely easy. Everyone faces their own challenges, but perhaps being diagnosed with a serious mental illness — like bipolar disorder — is most difficult when you’re younger.
So that’s why I’m pleased to introduce Her Bipolar Life, with Kat Dawkins. I’ll let her explain the purpose of the blog in her own words:
This is the chronicling of Kat — and all young Bipolar women — navigating through life a little more creatively than most of the female population. It makes us stronger, it makes us more interesting, it makes us who we are.
How, as Bipolar women, do we blend the inevitable difficulties of Bipolar with the necessary demands of life—work, education, dating and marriage, relationships, children, self-care, body image? We will explore these issues and then some. I will provide young Bipolar women with something to relate to and something to learn from.
A new bipolar blog from a woman’s perspective focused on women’s issues? Sounds like a valuable addition to the Psych Central family (as well as for the Internet as a whole!). Please give her a warm Psych Central welcome.