I’d like to offer a explanation as to why so many of us struggle to find stability with our bipolar disorder…
FROM THE VIDEO:
“When I was first misdiagnosed as having just unipolar depression, they put me on a common antidepressant. I’ve mentioned so many times how antidepressant medications can exacerbate the mania. It did just that… I remember calling my family and telling them how amazing I felt! I finally felt alive, motivated, and enthusiastic about my future for the first time in a while. I kept telling people that I “finally feel like myself again” and assumed that the medications were doing their job. Everyone was so excited for me.
Realistically, I was just experiencing hypomania – and loving every minute of it. What happened next set a dangerous precedent that I like to call “my manic standards.”
Take a second and ask yourself “when do you truly feel like yourself?” Most of us are probably going to say “I feel like myself when I’m finally having a really good day and in a good mood.” Of course that’s how we want to see ourselves or experience life. Once we’ve tasted “how good life CAN feel when we are manic for a while,” it creates this subconscious standard of how we should feel ALL THE TIME. This literally becomes an identity for many of us. Without realizing it, we start to believe that the only time we quote “feel like ourselves” is when we feel great. It takes some very deep self-reflection and self-honesty to see this. I’ve only recently realized this myself.
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