Stop Embracing Bipolar Disorder and Start Fighting It

stop embracing bipolar disorder and start fighting it

Please stop embracing Bipolar Disorder and start fighting it!

 

The dictionary defines embracing as “accepting or supporting willingly and enthusiastically”.

 

It seems lately there has been a shift in society.

 

Yes, there is still a stigma.

 

For those of you who do not know, stigma is “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person” as defined by the dictionary.

 

More celebrities are opening up about their struggles with mental health.  Specifically, many have divulged their Bipolar Disorder diagnosis.  This helps to educate the public about Bipolar Disorder.  Stigma is reduced to an extent, but it also does the exact opposite.

 

When an actor or actress endorses anything, there is always hype attached to the endorsement.

 

It makes me sad that it is almost an “in” thing to have Bipolar Disorder these days.

 

This does contribute to stigma.

 

When I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, my doctor compared it to Diabetes.  She said that I would have to take pills every day like a diabetic takes their insulin. She went on to say that Bipolar Disorder is a very serious debilitating illness.  It is a chronic illness with no cure and degenerative if I do not take my medication.

 

I quickly learned never to let anyone minimize the struggle I face each and every day!

 

The Present

 

Fast forward to today.  Let us look at the diabetes comparison again.  It makes sense to say let us fight Diabetes.  Let us fight Bipolar Disorder.  Would you ever say embrace Diabetes?  I would not.  The same goes for Bipolar Disorder.  You will never hear me say let us embrace Bipolar Disorder.

 

I fight this illness 24/7/365.  I see it as a constant battle.

 

The various coping skills I have adopted I see as my supporting troops.  They are my reinforcements to help me battle each day.

 

Some have accused me of being overdramatic looking at my illness this way.  I beg to differ.  It is a very serious illness that left untreated, can kill me.  In fact, I have knocked on death’s door a number of times.  I do not think you can get any more serious than that.

 

My take-home message is to not underestimate your illness.  Do not minimalize it.  Take it seriously.

 

An Extreme Illness

 

I think it is important to realize that yes, Bipolar Disorder is an extremely serious illness.  I look at it as a war comprised of many everyday battles.

 

Each day I wake up with a sense of urgency.  I need to take my medication as soon as I get up.  That is the first action in a long list I take each day to fight.

 

As you know, some days are easier fighting than others.  Many times, I just have to go through the motions knowing that I am being proactive.

 

For me, looking at Bipolar Disorder as a war creates hope in my heart.  I have an amazing support team that is there for me.  They fight right beside me each and every day.  If you do not have family and friends around, you can still count your doctor, therapist and any other professional helping fight your battle right by your side.

 

Bipolar Disorder can be extremely frustrating to live with.  I know you can empathize with that statement.

 

Just remember that with the proper mindset and coping skills, you can win the battle each day!

 

Please consider joining The Bipolar Battle Community!

 

Until next time, take care of yourself! 🙂

2 comments on “Stop Embracing Bipolar Disorder and Start Fighting It

  1. Hey,
    I understand your basic sentiment here. But I have a differing view and I do embrace bipolar. I have worked hard on my physical and mental health. I have been in a constant state of self examination for years. At times my road was torturous. But eventually I found peace with it. I now love aspects of my higher moods. I adore the creativity that comes with the same moods as I do the intense productivity I have. I have also learned self respect by acknowledging that I am strong enough to survive the darkest of places. And I too have approached death. My biplolar traits have played a role in my professional success as well as maintaining interesting relationships. Yes it is hard. But if you can’t learn to embrace bipolar and the unique offerings it brings to your life, I believe your road will be harder not easier. It will be less rich. And as for all those successful celebrities, I do wonder if they could have achieved what they have without healthy doses of bipolar grandiosity, creativity and productivity. I now love bipolar and I would never be rid of it even if there were a cure.

    1. I totally and completely respect your perspective and journey. We all are different with our biology and experience, even with the same mental illness.

      I do not want you to think I have not worked hard on my physical and mental health. On the contrary, I follow a very strict and intense treatment and wellness plan every day.

      I see bipolar disorder as an illness distinct and separate from myself. It does not define me or my personality. That is a huge distinction between our perspectives.

      My illness is completely different than yours. You must be talking about hypomania. I, on the other hand, get severely manic with psychotic symptoms. I hallucinate and have delusions along with my host of other symptoms. It is extremely scary for those around me. It is not something I wish for me or those I love.

      That is why I believe we need to fight this illness.

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