I view myself as being “bipolar prone”, rather than thinking of my bipolar as being cured
The difference between these two perspectives is a crucial one to understand.
And the reason for why my definition is more appropriate is hidden in a way not easily accepted by, or readily visible to most.
But before we even dive down these various rabbit holes, let’s get one major point clear:
It’s not MY bipolar
If you take ownership of the illness by thinking of it in terms of being “mine”, it will continue to hold power over you.
It’s not “yours”, thereby making it somehow an inherent defect in your makeup. No, you’re just “you”.
And the you that you are has these bipolar prone traits.
This is actually good news
But bipolar disorder is just one potential expression of it.
That means you have a say in whether or not it makes an appearance!
Yes, you’re more apt to become bipolar than someone not quite like you. But you’re not necessarily guaranteed to one day become sick with bipolar.
This is why I consider myself to be “bipolar prone”
There most definitely are parts to my personality and physical makeup which, if left alone, or conversely, irritated can become what’s called bipolar disorder.
I just found ways to treat those parts so that they never morph into a negative.
So “cured” would be a bit of a misnomer
Bipolar hasn’t been removed from my life, per se. But the irritants, masking agents, and lack of maintenance issues have.
There are things you take in that can irritate the parts of you that have bipolar potential. Remove these irritants and you have a shot at living the sane life.
There are masking agents, usually in the form of psychotropic medications or your own types of self medicating, that mask the real problems causing bipolar disorder to be in your life.
As part of a larger, comprehensive treatment plan, removing these masks allows you to address the actual issues causing you harm.
There are many who take their good health for granted and never have to directly take steps to maintain it. Then there is the rest of us.
We have no choice but to actively pursue self care and self development activities just to remain at “zero” like the others.
But it’s that last bit that makes being bipolar prone actually worth it!
Bipolar Disorder being in our lives can ultimately end up being a gift.
Sit with that thought.
Uncover and review all you can of my site. Apply what you find to seeing bipolar as that gift. Watch what blooms from there.
You may end up grateful for all that’s come before.
If there’s a greater win to be had for people like us, I don’t what it would be.
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- If you’re fighting bipolar, you have more power to win than you might be aware
- Don’t think of it as “yours”. Think of it as something you have. Then you can focus on getting rid of it.
- Can you ultimately get rid of it? Maybe. I’m just saying that the potential to do so is greater than you may have been led to believe.
- You are someone who has a set of potentials in your life, that. like fertilized ground, bipolar can easily take root in.
- Now it just becomes a matter of removing the fertilizer, starving the illness of its ability to live and grow.