We find comfort in the familiar, but that doesn’t make it healthy. It brings comfort because we don’t have to risk change or vulnerability. Seeking help is letting go of the familiar. Taking a chance that hopefully it will make a difference. Whether it is seeking therapy, being hospitalized, or just expressing your feelings aloud. What chances have you taken or want to take?
I was diagnosed at a young age with Clinical Depression, Generalized Anxiety with OCD tendencies, and Bulimia. I followed the treatment plans, found others with similar diagnoses, but something wasn’t working. I was getting worse. I was misdiagnosed. After my freshman year in college and psychotic breakdown, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II. All my previous diagnoses were symptoms of Bipolar II Disorder. The anxiety, depression, purging were symptoms/behaviors of my untreated mental illness. With having an misdiagnosis, I understand the importance of treating the symptoms and not put… Read more Symptoms vs Diagnosis →
“Its great to hear all the stories and perspectives but sometimes I just have to take things as they are. I have generalized anxiety, so always finding a meaning can fuel it. Not trying to find some deep meaning has helped relieve some of my anxious feelings. It is ok to accept certain things as they are.” Anonymous post. Thanks for sharing!
Holiday season is here. That means gatherings, family, friends, and expectations. That also means anxiety, depression, loneliness, and assumptions. Try to make time for those you care about and care about you. Yet, also know your boundaries. Know when it’s time to leave or end a conversation that may be triggering. Understand that your management of your mental health is a priority. So make an effort, but know your limitations. We are all fighting a battle.
“My condition isn’t something that can heal, but it can be easier to live with and it can impact my life less, even if the thoughts patterns won’t heal or be medicated away.” Thank you for sharing Jimmy H.
Being open and sharing is great for spreading awareness, but it isn’t necessary if it creates further issues. Never feel required to share your story. It’s yours and you have the right to share when you feel comfortable. I get some people intentions, and they mean well, but everyone isn’t ready. And that’s ok. Your past. Your journey. Your time.
“I’ve lost many friends and family due to bipolar II disorder and in the process I learned that you can love someone and they can love you back, but they can also be toxic so you have to let them go. I stopped allowing others’ lack of understanding of mental illness or unrealistic expectations dictate my progress. Because my journey cannot be led nor experienced by anyone other than myself. Once I burned those toxic bridges and learned to accept myself, I found a whole new level of inner peace.”… Read more Letting go →
Introspection and learning how to be self aware of patterns has helped tremendously with my recovery. Picking up on the lack of sleep, barely eating, and slowly isolating myself let’s me know that an possible episode is coming. A lot of times they are inevitable, so I just have to ride the wave until it passes. Especially with seasonal changes. Keeping track can be done personally or if you have a great support system, make them aware to look out for the signs. Let me know what has worked for… Read more Awareness of patterns and cycles →