31 Days of Bipolar, Day 6: Knowledge is Power

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.

3 thoughts on “31 Days of Bipolar, Day 6: Knowledge is Power

  1. Thanks for that and for your honesty! Be assured that your presence is greatly appreciated! I really mean that!

    When I tried to kill myself for the first and only time (back in 2001, loooong time ago), I wish I would have known that my depression had a lot to do with my inner compass. It took me years to figure out how that compass works and that in fact every illness – mental or phyisical – is in some way to do with this compass. Or rather with what my compass’ North actually is. Which is something I stipulated myself but I didn’t know the fact or how or how to change it.
    At the moment I realize that Coaching is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. But, as you said; Knowledge is power! It’s Knowledge I want to distribute 😉 And the Knowledge I want to be understood and acted on is the one of the compass. That one might actually save lives and make a lot of suffering redundant… Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. 🙂 I really appreciate it, and I’m really glad you’ve had only the one attempt and you’re learning more! I’m only a year in, and I know I have a lot to learn yet.

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      1. You will, that’s one of the gifts of your condition 😉 There are many more, but they will show themselves over time. However the Good News is: there is so much awareness already and increasing. You can actually be a lot quicker than I was because you can obtain a lot more information and knowledge than I could. I can only recommend to also take a look at alternative ideas, especially the ones on the power of thoughts (have you ever heard of Bruce Lipton or the Austrian author Rüdiger Dahlke). There is a lot more knowledge to be found there…

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