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Bipolar: Facing the Reality of It

Posted Aug 06 2012 12:00am

My dog is so funny, I swear she’s got ADHD. She goes outside and it’s, “I gotta go, I gotta go, oh look, there’s a squirrel!” And off she goes. LOL She cracks me up. But I can relate. See, I have ADHD, too. And there was a time when I was that easily distracted as well. But over the years I’ve learned to focus my thoughts and be able to concentrate better, so things have gotten better and I’m not “chasing after squirrels” all the time like my dog.

I just had to face the reality that I had ADHD, and confront the symptoms of it, then work within its limitations. That’s how I face the reality of living with bipolar disorder as well.

You can’t just pretend that you don’t have it, because it won’t let you. You might go along for awhile and things will be just fine, then WHAM! You’re hit with another bipolar episode out of the blue. There’s just no avoiding the reality of this thing. So you have to face it.

So do it like I did my ADHD. Look at how the symptoms affect you, and deal with them. When you see them coming on, you can know that a bipolar episode is not far behind. So you can get help early enough to avoid a full-blown episode, and not end up in the hospital (like I did, more times than I wanted to).

There are ways to cope. Like with my ADHD, I learned focusing exercises. With my bipolar disorder, when I felt manic, I learned relaxation exercises, and that helped to slow me down. Sometimes I couldn’t shut my thoughts off (racing thoughts), so I would imagine a white grease board in my mind upon which I would write the thought, then quickly erase it, so I wouldn’t dwell on it. Eventually the thoughts would slow down and I would be able to sleep.

I’m sure you could come up with some coping tricks on your own. But it’s all about facing the reality of your bipolar disorder. Don’t try to run from it, because it’ll catch up to you.

Wishing you peace and stability,

Remember God loves you and so do I,
Michele

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