Gain hope, support, and victory!
A site created to provide hope, support, and insight to those who are affected by bipolar disorder and mental illness; Also including support and educational information for caregivers and loved ones. This site was not set up by a licensed professional in any way. I am just a fellow bipolar survivor and stigma fighter who believes that we all have the potential to gain control over our illnesses and win the battle.
“There is still hope for a more joyous and stronger future. Keep weathering the storm, push through the strength of the tides, take your time, relax, and breathe. Don’t let the strong winds knock you down. Get up, fight, and try again. You are strong enough. Keep pressing on, embrace the moment, and never give up. Life is a beautiful journey. In time, you will see. ”
Living with bipolar disorder or any mental illness can make it seem as though life is impossible, unfair, or feel as though one’s life has been completely taken away from them at times. One also may feel like they can never win over their illness or even begin to know what feels real to them anymore. These are normal feelings to experience when having a mental illness such as bipolar disorder.Bipolar disorder is considered a mental illness where those affected with the disorder will experience alternating periods of elation (mania) and depression. Not one person will experience bipolar disorder in the same way as another person will. Everyone who lives with bipolar disorder has their own set of symptoms, triggers, and will even react very differently to medications than others might. This makes sense because everybody in this world is different. We are all “wired” and put together in our own, unique ways. We all deal with symptoms of depression, stress, anxiety, and mania differently. With having a diagnosis that is similar to others such as “bipolar” or “depression,” we will most certainly still have very similar feelings, worries, and struggles to others, but nothing is ever exact.Acceptance is the very first step to recover from any problem. I spent many years in therapy and with my psychiatrist gaining more knowledge of the disorder and treatment options. I learned about many coping methods and how to continue to talk openly about my feelings and illness. I found that when I had talked with my therapists over the years, I started to better understand myself and what I was going through. It has given me great comfort just knowing and having that reassurance that the feelings that I am or had been feeling are “normal.” It is important for those with bipolar disorder, or any mental illness, to keep communication open at all times. Communication is a much-needed and extremely helpful skill for those with bipolar to have if they want to successfully gain control over their illness. It is crucial that the person struggling with the illness is able to open up to someone who they can trust when they have noticed sudden changes in their moods. I would also recommend caregivers to approach and check in on their bipolar loved ones every so often and ask questions such as (but not limited to) “How are you feeling today?” “Can I help you with something?” or “Let’s talk about it.” Sometimes just being there and providing support for someone who is struggling can instantly change how they feel. The caregivers and the loved ones of a bipolar patient can make a great difference too. With every little bit of help, the journey to stability can become even more possible!
Always remember: You are never alone. We are all in this together to fight, survive, and conquer mental illness. We have the power to be our best selves and to begin to view the world differently and more positively than ever before. We are also here to fight the stigma that is attached to mental illness and show those who hold the judgments so closely that we are people too and that we have just as much potential as anyone else. We all deserve a chance at equality and happiness. We are stronger than the stigma!Keep weathering the storm. Keep pushing forward and hold on for that chance for a much better tomorrow. You deserve it and you can do it!
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