Too often, many of us with bipolar are told
that we will not get what we want out of life, all on account of our diagnosis.
It can be discouraging to hear that common saying: you have to be “realistic”
when planning for an uncertain future with bipolar.
disorder exists on a spectrum. Recognizing this will help us determine what is
possible for each of us, which may be completely different for another person.
I am acquainted with many people who live with bipolar disorder. Some make frequent trips and travel across the world for leisure, and there are others who have no desire to leave their home because of the effects of time zones on their circadian rhythm. Both approaches are totally okay, and nobody is stronger or weaker in managing their lives. Another example is that some people assert that doing nothing and resting days away on the couch all the time is a sure way “not” to stir up a bipolar episode, when, in fact, this is the exact thing that may cause someone to relapse into a depressive state. Having bipolar requires that we know ourselves very well and have the ability to recognize what level of activity and life decisions fit us best. Even when dealing with the worries of having an uncertain future.
The bipolar life balancing act is
challenging, and one of the most seemingly impossible tasks is to honestly assess
and decide what is possible for you. Perhaps life was drastically different
before bipolar, and that is okay, but we all have the ability to find our own
extraordinary life, on our own terms, and decide what that means for each of
Nobody knows what their future holds, and having bipolar disorder may make us fearful. However, we can choose to live in fear, or we can instead look inside ourselves to discover all of life’s possibilities even while living with bipolar disorder.
I know what I choose. How about you?
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