World Bipolar Day 2015

bipolar dayMarch 30, 2015

I’m a functioning bipolar person. I have had horrendous mood swings, rapid cycling of my moods, deep suicidal depressions and psychotic manias. I’ve had my meds changed multiple times, med washes (going completely off meds to start a new regimen), and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy). I’ve gone through several full day and partial day outpatient programs. I’ve been in the psychiatric hospital 25 times in 4 1/2 years. I’ve been to residential therapy for a month.

But today I function well, with routines and schedules, meds and therapy, and a strong support system of people who love me. I volunteer 4 places. I go out with friends, and I spend time at home with my cats. I’m on disability for the bipolar disorder because I still have significant problems with memory and concentration, which I see in hobbies such as reading and knitting, as well as in volunteer tasks.

Bipolar Disorder is an illness. It affects how a person lives his or her life, but not the essence of a person. We still have hobbies and senses of humor. Sometimes we are creative. Always we love and need to be loved, just like everyone else. Go give someone with bipolar a hug!

 

 

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A great article for this World Bipolar Day is Natasha Tracy’s Debunking of Bipolar Myths

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If you see your way clear to help me pay for the miraculous experience of ending suicidal obsessions I had at La Paloma, check out my “Saved My Life” Go Fund Me page at www.gofund.me/nlckak

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7 responses to “World Bipolar Day 2015

  1. Wow, you are brave and strong and a survivor and that is your essence that bipolar cannot take away. I admire you so much for your perseverance! Keep going! Hugs from me.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I totally understand how being functioning does not mean being well. It simply means you can hold it together – until one day you can’t.

  3. You are a witness and a survivor. Proud of you…hope you’re proud of you, too.

  4. You are true inspiration and doing great job. Keep it up.

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