Those of us with bipolar disorder are at a high risk of suicide and that’s a scary thought. For us, suicidal thoughts, ideation and actions are a big part of our lives, like an ever-present threat lurking in the background.
I’m a very positive person by nature, I always have been. Even though I’ve been through a lot and go through a lot each day, I always try to keep getting on with things the best I can, to look on the positive side of things. I find humour in hard times and moments of joy during dark days; I find ways to keep going as much as I can and get on with my usual routine.
The wonderful Cara Lisette who works as a mental health nurse and has bipolar disorder herself agreed to answer some questions for me on what it's like to work in the mental health profession while struggling with mental illness. She is a powerfully strong mental health advocate and a lovely person, I appreciate her input a great deal.
I recently came out of a really low depressive episode and have been trying to keep my head above water ever since. Unfortunately, it didn’t work and my mood recently slipped back down. I was trying to think about how to explain how that really feels, the process of trying to keep depression at bay.
With the recent horrific events, there have been some very stigmatizing thoughts and words expressed about those of us with mental illness and the ‘risk’ we pose.
Today I want to provide some basics facts about bipolar disorder, giving ten facts as a basic starting point. From here I will be continuing this into some more factual based posts over the coming month, about various aspects of the disorder in more detail.
Having animals in your home can be so beneficial to your mental health in so many ways. I’m sure there are plenty of studies on the subject that explain all about the endorphins released when you are petting an animal and the science behind it, but purely from experience and opinion alone, it’s easy to see a marked positive impact on my mental health and that of others around me with animals around.