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Take Advantage of Your Support System

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As you may have already read, I am going through a major break-up. Not fun for anyone, but dangerous for those of with unsteady minds.

I just wanted to say how important your support system is in the midst of a mental crisis. In a previous post I told you how my therapist made time to see me – that was only because I TOLD her something was wrong. If I hadn’t left that voice mail “keeping her in the loop,” that appointment – that MUCH needed appointment – probably wouldn’t have happened.

It has truly been amazing to see friends reach out to me during this hard time. Yes, my heart is broken, but maybe a little of my mind broke off too. Stress is a major trigger for my bipolar disorder, but the good thing is that I know this so I can be vigilant. Those close to me know that stress exasperates my bipolar symptoms so they keep a close watch on me as well.

Take advantage of your support system – whoever they might be. Yesterday I had coffee with a former writing teacher of mine. We hadn’t talked in months but I took advantage of her offer to meet up. It made my day better – talking to her. Call up an old friend, share with a new one, but DO NOT isolate yourself.

No matter how alone you may feel, there is someone out there who cares about you. Try an Internet chat forum, like the ones here on Psych Central. People are resources. Use your resources.


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Take Advantage of Your Support System

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2015). Take Advantage of Your Support System. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 10, 2020, from


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