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K.I.S.S. with Bipolar Disorder

Posted Aug 12 2010 12:00am

Have you ever heard that expression, “K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Silly?)”  Well, I think it’s good advice for someone who has bipolar disorder .

For our own sakes, we have to keep things simple.  It’s making things complicated that put many of us into bipolar episodes.

For some, when things got too complicated, we would just crawl into our beds, pull the covers over our heads, and go into a deep depression (bipolar depressive episode).

For others the complications would get us all wound up, and we would go manic, ending up in a bipolar manic episode.

Now, trying to stay stable, the less complicated things are, the better it is for us.

This can take some work, however.  It can mean having to remove some things (people) from our lives that may be cluttering them up, or being a negative influence over us.

Especially if things (people) are causing stress in our lives.  We have to live as stress free a life as possible because of our bipolar disorder, so that could mean we have to remove the sources of stress, even if they are people.

I’m not saying this is necessarily an easy thing to do, just that it must be done if you want to be stable.  Stress leads to instability, and instability leads to bipolar episodes, the very thing we’re trying to avoid.

So we must keep our lives as simple, as stress-free as possible, even if it means making some changes in our lives.

If you are in a particularly stress-causing situation, even a relationship, you need to give serious consideration to getting yourself out of that situation.  It may mean leaving that job, or even ending that relationship.

The most important thing is protecting your stability, whatever you have to do.  That’s the only way to recover from bipolar disorder.

Wishing you peace and stability,

Remember God loves you and so do I,

Michele

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