I’ve lived with manic depression for most of my life and there still isn’t a day where it doesn’t affect me in one way or another. As much as I try to be on top of managing my condition, days come when the sadness engulfs me and I feel like there is no hope. It’s been frustrating trying to find the energy to do the activities that make me happy, like going out for a run or listening to music.
Fortunately, I have found new strategies - both professionally, with counseling sessions, and personally with things like tracking moods, meditating daily and doing light exercise - that have been incredibly helpful in managing my manic depression. I think these are so important not only because they help reduce the frequency of depressive episodes but also because they give me a sense of control over what is often an uncontrollable condition.
Knowing how deeply manic depression can affect different aspects of my life has also been invaluable. Being aware of its complexity has pushed me to take better care of myself and seek appropriate treatments. The more informed I am about the symptoms that accompany this condition, the more prepared I am mentally and emotionally if those feelings arise again during moments of vulnerability.
Having a support system has also been key in managing my mental health journey; from friends who understand what it feels like to live with a fluctuating brain chemistry, to family members who won’t let me fall into the dark hole even when I’m convinced I’ve hit rock bottom. These are important reminders that someone always cares during times when facing manic depression alone feels unbearably lonely.
Each person’s understanding towards their mental health journey is unique; for myself though, learning how much is out there that can aid in combating this disorder was life changing and helped me see beyond any future hardships or challenges it may bring my way!