What do you wish you’d known when you were diagnosed?
It would be nice to know, straight up, what all the things that can trigger me into an episode are.
With other illnesses it’s a bit easier. Smoking=lung cancer, endemetriosis = abdominal pain, and so on. You know what causes it, and how to treat it.
With Bipolar, you learn something new each time. Something else will trigger it, your episodes will present differently, and you need different things to solve it. Because medication is far from the only way to control it.
The danger is that each episode you have, the more likely you get another one. And I’m not sure about others, but for me I get closer and closer to committing suicide each Depression I go through. At this point, mistakes could be fatal.
It took me several months after diagnosis to learn that feelings of loneliness trigger depression in me, but then my latest episode was triggered by The Pill and I had no way to expect that.
Over time I will learn more and more, and it will get easier, but you can always get surprised by this. There will always be something you wish you had known.