For much of my life I have been living with bipolar disorder, and it has had a profound impact on how I experience the world around me. It’s a rollercoaster really - each day presents different emotions and it’s hard to regulate. One minute I’m on top of the world, ecstatic that anything is possible, and then in an instant my mood can crash, leaving me hopeless and alone.
At times it’s been extremely difficult to navigate all this inner turmoil. There were days when it felt like there was no one who understood what I was going through or how to help me dig myself out of the depths. Putting on a mask of happiness just to get by is exhausting - and something I’ve had to do far too many times before seeking professional help.
After years of therapy, meds management, self-care practices, plus lots of trial and error - I’m proud to say that today I am doing much better at managing my bipolar disorder and not letting it take control over my life. Taking those steps towards healing is an ongoing process, one that can only be achieved if self-compassion and patience are practiced daily. And just as importantly, accepting support from those around you who are willing to listen without judgement or humiliation.
Bipolar disorder is challenging but it doesn’t have to completely define who we are as human beings; with some dedication we can work through our struggles together and strive for a fulfilling life in spite of them.