Was it genetics? past trauma? nutritional deficient? innate personality trait? Trying to figure out why used to stress me out more and cause even more anxiety (especially if you have OCD traits). Finding a cause is great for research. That research is monumental for not only establishing treatment modalities but also to push for insurance to cover those treatments. I’ve accepted that it could be a combination of things, but that doesn’t stop me from finding ways to manage my mental illnesses.
This is for the caregivers, significant others, family members, and friends. It is not your job to save that person. You can’t fix it, but you can support them through their struggles. It is okay to be frustrated with the disorder. It is okay to set your own boundaries when you feel like you can’t handle certain behaviors. You can understand triggers to be proactive instead of reactive. You can provide suggestions, but can’t enforce them. Loving and caring for someone with an mental illness requires your support but also… Read more Being there →
“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 →
Let’s fight together. To heal. To spread awareness. To make a change.
“It is only invisible because you can’t see what caused the actions. The thoughts and feelings that led to the behaviors. It may be invisible to you, but the reality… Read more Visibility →
“I constantly battle with my own thoughts every single day, yet no one will ever notice because I put a mask on my face. I know that I will never… Read more It is ok to not understand →
Everyone isn’t going to get 100%. Sometimes you have to balance it out to not over do it. This is especially for any caregivers out there.