My Life As Someone With Bipolar Disorder
If you have bipolar disorder or know anyone with the illness, you know how painful it is for not just the person who has it, but the friends and loved ones of the person who has it.
I have lost friends over outbursts and lashing out. I don't mean the horrible things I say, but I still say them and they still do damage. I am working hard on myself to learn Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control, so that I can manage my illness instead of it controlling me. My therapist and I are working on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques, focusing on mindfulness and staying in the moment instead of the past or future. That is where guilt and fear reside.
It's not easy work for anyone, let alone someone with a mental illness. But I have already noticed a lot of progress in myself and so has my therapist.
I am in two Twelve Step groups which helps, too. Whether you have an addiction or not, these groups are invaluable to the people who participate in them. I wish everyone had the benefit of the love and support of working a program.