3 thoughts on “5 Realities of Living With Bipolar Disorder

  • February 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Mh belief if a Veteran that have Bipolar disorder shouldn’t have to be band from a meeting such as Stress management because he or she should talk about his or her belief on how a Veteran Primary Care Doctor mistreated him or her. PLEASE REPLY BACK THANKS

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    • March 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      hello, & thank you for your service.
      The difficulty with bipolars is the lack of balance. (I’m speaking as the parent of a bP II woman) Yes, you need care; yes, you need to learn how to manage stress & you need to be encouraged to do so — which is the reason for a stress management team. Yes, it’s okay to be disappointed or upset with how the primary care doctor treated you. Yes, it’s okay to acknowledge this.

      what’s not okay, is to monopolize a session (which can be so easy to do, accidentally, when you have BP). And it’s not okay to vent so completely that it scares people. Maybe for you it’s just letting off steam, but if it scares someone else, you may be triggering their PTSD etc, and they don’t need that — right?

      not knowing all the circumstances, all I can say is I really hope you find a group (same one, or different one) that will be supportive. We humans are made for community; we need community more than we need air. Think of your support group or stress management team as a unit of your service (dunno if it was army or marines etc). There are rules in place to make sure the mission gets accomplished and no one is left behind. Follow the rules. Remember you are worth it, you can do this, it may be hard at times but you can do this. Others have & you can too. 🙂

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  • February 21, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Bipolar is a challenge but I do not see it as being “awful” I think there are many other things that could impair my life more, more than Bipolar.

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