Bipolar Disorder has a HUGE impact on the way we see ourselves as a person – especially during an episode. When we experience depression, the “stories” we tell ourselves about the world around us (and especially our own personal stories) dramatically change. The same goes for periods of mania. We might feel like a Super Hero while manic, and by contrast, the worst villain possible when depressed. Aside from the biochemical changes that contribute to the way we feel, the STORIES that we tell ourselves (our personal internal life narrator / monologue) have a monumental impact on the way we feel.
It’s so easy when we feel “bad” to focus exclusively on those feelings. We will come up with stories in our head that justify why we aren’t feeling well. These stories usually don’t match the reality of our lives, yet they still feel so undeniably real! They end up feeding our worst fears until we start to believe them as our “truth.” The same thing happens while manic… We might have a level of enthusiasm or optimism that still doesn’t match with our reality. This can cause reckless behavior or making commitments that simply aren’t feasible.
Today on Polar Warriors, we are going to talk about ways to first become aware of these stories, and then ways to work on changing them. I’d like to thank Author & Speaker Eric Barker for sharing some of these strategies in his book “Barking Up The Wrong Tree.” Like many of the things discussed on this channel, this isn’t a “quick fix” or something that changes overnight. I hope this video helps plant a seed that will grow over time into a new way of looking at our “stories.” Welcome to the Polar Warrior Path!
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