When I first experienced signs of depression, I had no idea what to do. After speaking to my primary care doctor, I was given the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
At first, it felt like a death sentence. How was I ever going to cope with something that seemed so overwhelming and impossible? But despite feeling scared and uncertain, I decided to take action for my own health and well-being.
Firstly, I sought out support from mental health professionals. Together we came up with an individualized plan that incorporated both talk therapy and medication. This plan has helped me manage my symptoms in a way tailored specifically for me.
I also began to make changes to my lifestyle that have dramatically improved my day-to-day life. Self-care is now a part of my regular routine; taking regular walks, meditating, connecting with others and reading uplifting stories about people living successfully with mental illness help keep me grounded in between counseling sessions and times when coping feels especially challenging.
I’m not going to lie—tackling bipolar depression can be difficult at times. But it’s also immensely rewarding when you feel the positive effects of your hard work start to take place in your life. With understanding, persistence and self-compassion, recovery is within reach!