Fighting Stigmas, Enforcing Changes, Passing Classes
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One of the first things you are going to want to do is develop a treatment plan. A plan is important but more important is sticking to it. This can be very difficult. Being bipolar, some days I feel so good that I don’t need to follow the plan. Other days I feel like it’s not working at all and want to give up.
Most people will use a combination of several treatment methods. Unfortunately, finding what works for you is purely trial and error. It usually takes a year or more to get it just right and, been more bad news, brain chemistry changes so what worked before may not work forever.
Choosing not to follow a plan is also an option. I do not recommend it, but choosing not to seek treatment is also a choice that you have. This is a rough road to travel because, like it or not, the world that we live in is not designed for the mentally ill. Our thoughts and feelings are different. It is my opinion that a treatment plan helps me to navigate this world.
For example, I feel more intensely than other people. Everything I feel is extreme and consuming. I don’t believe this is inherently bad or wrong. But it is different. Other people don’t understand what I think or feel. With treatment I can reign in my emotions enough to communicate clearly with the wider world.
In a world run by people with bipolar disorder work would have completely flexible hours. I could not go in for weeks and then just work twice as hard as make up. Classes would go on hold until I felt well enough to take them and then, when I was on a roll, I would get to just keep going. Alas, this is not the case. So I follow my treatment plan.
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