It’s been a long journey learning how to manage living with bipolar disorder. It was overwhelming at first, and part of me wanted to just ignore it and pretend like everything was normal. But over time I’ve realized that ignoring my mental health would do me more harm than good in the long run, so I decided to take action.
I started by consulting a doctor and getting a proper diagnosis; this gave me a foundation to start understanding what I was dealing with. After doing some research online and talking to other individuals who also have bipolar disorder, I soon realized that accepting and embracing this part of my life helped me cope better with it.
Another helpful resource has been therapy. I found that having periodic conversations about managing the ups and downs associated with bipolar disorder helped keep my thoughts in order and provided emotional support when needed. Additionally, these regular appointments also enabled us to further adjust my medication as needed - or if there were any changes in my symptoms or lifestyle - which is an important aspect of keeping things balanced.
Living with bipolar disorder is sometimes tumultuous, but with education, self-awareness, and guidance from loved ones and medical professionals, we can strive for our own personal version of balance each day.