(This mosaic was done by a close friend's incredibly talented mother, Kathy Dublin. It makes me happy!)
Let’s get back to business. Eventually I want to describe a little more of the ups and downs of bipolar, but for me talking about the downs require me to go into a darker place. I learned from one of my counselors a while back that individuals with bipolar often tend to quickly forget the fast mood changes. It’s a kind of coping mechanism. So once I’m out of the down I have a hard time really remembering how bad it was, and vice versa. When things are good I feel invincible, like things have never been bad and will never be bad again. Or when I’m down all I can see is the overwhelming hopelessness and it feels as if it will never end. So for the time being I’ll hold off a bit longer. (Try to keep your mind as positive as possible.) Also, I’m trying to be really careful about what I share. I want to share my experiences, but I never want to detract from God’s story in all this.
So moving forward, I want to do a short series of posts on things that have helped me manage everything. Here are some bullet points:
- Physically/ Exercise
Feel free to ask questions along the way! (I realize commenting on a blog about mental illness may feel a little awkward, but I would like to hear from you. Comment anonymously if you like.)