Top 10 Frustrations of Bipolar Disorder

Frustrations?!  You must have experienced frustrations in your life.  Add bipolar disorder to the whole mix and I know you have had frustrations at some point.

 

The following are 10 frustrations of bipolar disorder:

 

1. Medication Side Effects

 

Having to deal with medication side effects is horrible.  Some people give up before they even start finding a medication when they experience side effects.  There are so many medications and medication cocktails out there that you can make it happen.

 

Right now, I am on a medication that has such horrible side effects, I need to take two more medications to counteract the effects of the one medication.  I plan to stop this medication (with doctor supervision) and find a new one.  Do not ever feel stuck in a corner.  With the help of your doctor, you can find alternatives!

 

2. Stigma

 

Dealing with stigma is like being in another dimension.  Sometimes I feel like I am in another time zone!  Individuals that are supposedly university educated, lose all their form of reasoning.  It is like they are from another planet and have no clue of the definition or types of bipolar disorder out there.  To top it all off, they make rash decisions and form opinions based on misinformation.  See why I consider this a “battle” against stigma?!  It is!

 

Stigma is like a virus that feeds on misinformation, prejudice, and ignorance.

 

Instead of making a quick statement when you do not know the facts, try asking somebody.  Better yet, read a book or even research the answer.  Try educating yourself about bipolar disorder!

 

3. People Calling Me “Crazy”

 

This goes back to misinformation, prejudice, and ignorance.  Calling an individual with bipolar disorder “crazy”, automatically puts them on the defensive.  It is like calling a person with bipolar disorder a deep-rooted bad name.  It literally pushes us back into the 1960’s without physically going anywhere.  Please think about the words you use next time before they leave your mouth.

 

4. People Automatically Assuming Those of us on Disability Are Taking Advantage of the System

 

This is plain ignorance and misinformation.  Making a broad statement based on the misinformation of a select few individuals makes no logical sense.  We are not in the stone age anymore.

 

Simply google disability and the process of going through the social security administration.  Not only do you have to go through a rigorous application process, but once you are accepted, you are followed up with a continuous monitoring system and period.

 

There are those few bad apples, but you have them anywhere.  Regulations have changed over the years to make it more difficult to get disability, to try and weed out those bad apples.

 

5. Inability to Function

 

Frustration can be an understatement when it comes to our inability to function.  How can I get a job when I literally cannot get out of bed to take a shower?

 

I know some people say, “Will it.  When I feel bad, I just force myself out of bed and shower.”

 

Believe me, I wish it was that easy.  This is a chemical illness and this is part of the symptomology of our illness.  Sometimes we literally cannot function during the day.  We are not motivated.  We have no energy.  This is part of having bipolar disorder.  It would be nice if those who say that could spend one day in our body.  I know that will never happen, but I wish these individuals could extend some sympathy.

 

6. “It is all in your head”

 

You are right, it is a chemical illness in the brain.  I know the individual stating this is saying you are making it all up.  No illness can be more real.  Just because you cannot see it with your naked eye, does not mean it is not real.  This can relate to many other frustrations on this list.  Some people do not believe in something because they cannot see it.  This can contribute to several horrible reactions.  For instance, it perpetuates stigma, creates prejudice, and feeds ignorance.  Is it all in your head?  I do not think so.

 

7. “We all have a little bipolar in each of us”

 

The individual saying this means that we all have mood swings.  They obviously do not understand the definition of bipolar disorder.  If you would like to get further information on bipolar disorder, click HERE, Bipolar Disorder, What Does it Really Mean?.

 

Bipolar disorder is an extreme in moods, energy, motivation, sleep, and more.  It takes a clinician to diagnose bipolar disorder.  Do not fall under the assumption that just because you are down one day and up the next you have bipolar disorder.  A professional needs to diagnose this complicated disease.

 

8. “You have control over this”

 

The fact is that those of us with bipolar disorder do not have control over it.  In fact, just about every aspect of the bipolar disorder illness we do not have control over.  We do have control over a few things.  For example, we control if we take our medication and when we take it.  We control when we try to lay down in bed for the night.  We control how many times we eat each day, what foods we consume, and at what times.  I just mentioned a whole bunch of preventative measures.  Preventative measures are done in hopes of reducing the severity and frequency of the illness.  Notice that I did not indicate by following these measures you have “control” over your bipolar disorder illness.

 

9. People who say they have a mild form of bipolar disorder

 

I think it is sad when someone is so much in denial that they downplay their illness.  Bipolar disorder is an illness of extremes.  In this case, you cannot have a “mild” form of an “extreme”.  If you truly believe that, you either do not have bipolar disorder or you should get an opinion from another doctor.  You can click HERE, Bipolar Disorder, What Does it Really Mean? to read further about the types of bipolar disorder.  You can also read about Bipolar Disorder and Denial HERE, Have Bipolar Disorder Denial?.

 

10. The secondary and tertiary issues that often accompany bipolar disorder

 

I put this on the list because individuals with bipolar disorder seem to have many secondary, tertiary, and further issues.  These issues seem to pop up as their bipolar disorder goes on for longer and longer.  For example, some people who take lithium (myself included) have their thyroid fried.  Due to this, I must take a thyroid medication and another medication to stop the shakes and tremors that I get.  The next question:  What about my quality of life?  Lucky for me, there are many other medications out there that I can try to replace lithium and the other two medications.

 

Other issues that I have seen are heart disease, variability in blood pressure, sleep apnea, back issues, and tremors or shakes.  I know there are other issues as well, but these are the main ones that I have heard of.

 

If you are interested in a book that goes over what it is like to have bipolar disorder, click below to order the very first book I read on bipolar disorder.  It is a memoir by Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind.

 

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2 comments on “Top 10 Frustrations of Bipolar Disorder

  1. Hi John–GOOD article–I keep praying for you and others with this disease. HANG in there and don’t ever give up!!

    God Bless–Love, DAD

    1. Thanks, Dadio!
      Your support means the world to me and that you think of others battling the same illness that I do. “Don’t ever give up!” is my new mantra!
      John 🙂

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