It’s World Bipolar day on the 30th March and I wanted to talk about it.
Now, the first thing that I want to say, is that I am not about to suggest that I can ‘cure’ Bipolar. Bipolar is a very complex condition that requires medical treatment on precription and just like Autism, Bipolar has a spectrum and there are many variants to it.
But I still want to talk about the condition all the same, simply because I don’t believe in just labelling somebody with a condition and then suggesting that medication is the only real treatment for it. I believe that with some theraputic tools under your belt, living with the ups and the downs of this condition can become a little more.. manageable.
Bipolar = 2 extremes (bi-bipolar) of mood ranging from severe depression, to manic highs, and I don’t want to make it sound as simple as that, because with it being a spectrum disorder, there are other variants inbetween. For example, one person with Bipolar may have months where they are depressed and then brief periods where they are manic, yet another person may experience what is known as ‘rapid cycling’ – which means that their mood may change between the two states extremely frequently, for example hourly.
Living with this condition means that the person has to manage both the lows and the highs, which in itself is a big mental load to carry, as mastering how to handle depression is a big enough job in itself, but then having to master anxiety, mood swings, and the energy levels (that are often destructive) to do with mania is a whole other thing.
Here is my advice on how to handle the different states often associated with Bipolar. Again, this is not supposed to be a ‘cure’ – but if carried out in the moment, it may change your mind state and in some cases, this can be invauable, even if only to allow time to then seek medical help.
Dealing with depression and sever low mood:
In regards to depression and severe low mood, I would suggest that having a support network and somebody to talk to is VITAL. I really cannot stress how important that this is actually. If you want to, book a clarity call with me and we can talk about whether or not I can help you with this condition.
I am of course not suggesting that depression can be cured by talking and I know that Bipolar reuires medication. But sometimes, getting out of your own chaotic headspace and getting some clarity on what’s going on for you, can at least give you a good foundation of where to start with getting the right treatment.
Keep a journal and make a note of any ups and downs that you may be having. See if there is a pattern. This can help identify whether there are triggers at play such as:
- Lack of sleep
If you find that any of those things do affect your mood then it goes without saying that you need to create some changes.
Dealing with mania and changes in mood.
If you find yourself going to a manic episode try this techniue to instantly turn your mood down.
Close your eyes and imagine that you are in a control room and on the wall in front of you is a big dial. This dial represent how agitated you are feeling at the moment. What number is it set at? And what number would you like it to be set at? Imagine yourself turning that dial down and feel the instant change in your mood.
This techniue is not a magic cure for Bipolar, but it can change your thought process and create a change in your physical and emotional state, which can give you the clarity that you need to then intervene further.
Sometimes, for the person feeling manic, they feel so good or energised that they do not realise at that time that there is a problem.
Therefore it’s essential that you communicate with friends and family and ask them to recognise your warning symptoms and let them know what you need from them when you are in that situation.
Like I said at the start of this post, Bipolar is a complex subject and not one that I claim to be able to cure, but I do believe that there can be a multiple promged approach when it comes to dealing with it, and I do offer techniues that can help you handle certain aspects of your Bipolar. So let’s talk about it. Book your clarity call here.
Until the next time, I hope this post helps you in some way,