FROM THE VIDEO:
THE BIPOLAR SOCIAL MEDIA METRIC: Polar Warriors
I spend a lot of time on the phone talking to people who have been cut off. Parents, partners, siblings, and friends. The story is very familiar… “My Bipolar loved one stopped talking to me.”
The reasons are endless, but it tends to happen under a couple of common scenarios. First is that we get manic and don’t feel the need for others. Mania can be such a dominating or intoxicating feeling that it leaves little room for anything else. Sometimes I get so caught up in my hobbies, jobs, ideas, or just the FEELING of mania that I don’t prioritize my relationships. It’s not intentional – it just happens. It’s something I’m working on being more aware of.
Then there’s the darker side of bipolar… Sometimes I get so depressed that it’s painful to make food for myself. If things are that bad, I’m not typically texting Johnny and Susie to see how they are doing. I’m in bed pounding some chocolate and watching crime shows. I tend to isolate when I’m not well. And then sometimes we just have a falling out with the people we love.
Like I said, the reasons are endless. Bipolar just acts as an giant amplifier for whatever is going on in our lives.
Today I have a tip for family and friends. If you’ve lost contact with someone who has bipolar, I have a creative and non-intrusive way you might be able to get some insight into the emotional state of your loved one. I talk a lot about how important timing is. I’m a lot more receptive or open to communication when I’m not in a deep depression, or flying by the seat of my pants manic. There are certain times where I was more approachable by the people who care about me.