I am not a mental health professional, but I’ve ridden the bipolar roller coaster for as long as I can remember and I’ve learned so much during the ride, from myself, peers, medical professionals and research. I’ve been stable and “living well” with bipolar for over 4 years (and counting!) I’m a mom to our Brady Bunch modern blended family of 6 kiddos and in a loving, supportive, healthy relationship. I also work full time in IT Staffing Sales, blending my passions for helping people and technology.
There are many times I’ve been a very unwilling rider through the extreme highs and lows of the bipolar roller coaster, but after all that I’ve learned, on the majority of days I feel like I have the controls in front of me and I’m in the driver’s seat. Not every day is perfect. I still have down days and times when I have to battle to overcome anxiety. There are also days when I’m running a little up and really need to monitor my sleep, activity level and speech speed. But I’ve developed tools and built up a support network to keep the highs and lows to a minimum and to reign in the symptoms of bipolar that can be so devastating to our lives and those around us.
I’ve had this blog idea for years, centered around the idea of Taming the Bipolar Beast. Bipolar can be a ferocious beast, tearing into our lives with life altering manias and life sucking depressions. But we CAN work to tame the bipolar beast. I know there are times you’ve felt absolutely hopeless, but there is hope. The wild beast can be tamed, domesticated and turned around to be used to our advantage. There are tools and coping strategies that we can arm ourselves with so that we can tackle the beast each day with a full tool belt.
Now, mind you, bipolar is a wild beast and there are many external and internal triggers that can make it rear its ugly head. You can’t be complacent and as of now there is no cure. Living well with bipolar requires you to be hypervigilant of your triggers and symptoms. It’s also extremely helpful to have an honest support network of family, friends, medical professionals, and a support group to point out symptoms and changes that we may miss and to remind us of the tools we do have in our tool belt, especially when it’s feeling empty or just plain lost.
I’d like this blog to be a source of hope and a space to share the strategies I’ve learned and developed and resources I’ve discovered. I’d also love to form a community where others can share their stories and ideas through comments and guest blogs.
Welcome to the community! I look forward to working together to Tame the Bipolar Beast.
This blog contains my own thoughts and opinions. I am not a professional and do advise that you work with a team of professionals on your journey to tame your bipolar beast. If you are in crisis, please visit your nearest crisis center or use the resources below to reach out for help.
Call: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Online chat: http://chat.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx
Text: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US, anytime, about any type of crisis. More Info: https://www.crisistextline.org/