What I Want You To Know on World Bipolar Day 2016

World Bipolar Day 2016Today is the third annual #WorldBipolarDay. This day is important to me because it is helping to open up and continue the conversation surrounding a mental illness that is misunderstood in our society – bipolar disorder.

I was diagnosed over ten years ago. My world was turned upside down when I suffered two manic episodes in one month, each requiring hospitalizations. Soon thereafter, I received the diagnosis of bipolar disorder and spiraled into a severe year-long battle with depression and anxiety. I felt utterly alone, scared to talk to anyone about it outside my immediate family. My illness told me I was broken, worthless, and that I’d never get better. I believed it for over a year.

But it was lying.

I eventually found the right medication, and I did get better.

But then I got sick again when I was trying to protect my kids. I thought as their mom I knew better. I should have listened to the doctors.

Hindsight is 20/20 though, I had to learn the hard way. I don’t regret my decisions. They brought me to where I am right now.

I’m no one special. I’m just a person who was handed a diagnosis, went through a fierce struggle, learned to accept it, and wasn’t willing to allow society to intimidate me, judge me, and discriminate upon me for something that wasn’t my fault.

I am playing the cards I was dealt, as my favorite author, Cheryl Strayed, has so wisely stated.

You don’t have a right to the cards you think you should have been dealt. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding. – Cheryl Strayed

I share my story because I know there are people out there searching for stories of resilience right now. I know because ten years ago, I was one of them. If my story can help just one person understand that they can overcome bipolar disorder, than I’ve accomplished what I’ve set out to do.

Never give up. Reach out for help. Your story matters.

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Comments

  1. I appreciate days like this as it opens people to mental illness and helps them understand it better. let’s keep doing this.
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  2. I’ve googled “Bipolar blog” so many times since my diagnosis, I don’t know how I’ve missed yours, But I’m so thankful I’ve finally found it! I am also a mom of 2, and I got my bipolar ii diagnosis last year. I’m looking forward to reading your archives. Thank you for your bravery – I’m not open yet, because of the stigma and my career. Maybe someday!
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  3. you have such nice blog. I admire your advocacy. I’d like to share to you and your readers this website “moodsurfing.com” , it is devoted to those who want to find healthy and creative ways of incorporating mood into their lives. Here’s the link: http://moodsurfing.com/

    Thank you!

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