In charge of what? Your mental health. Everything is up to you. Not your mom or your spouse or your friends. The only person that can keep you as healthy as possible is you and with Bipolar/ Bipolar II it’s an important life long responsibility.
Advocate – to be a supporter of a cause. We need to be advocates of our disorder and support the cause of the care of our health. You may wonder why this is important. Well no one else is going to do it for us or do it better. Ones with this disorder tend to turn their backs on their care when times are good. We all know that times don’t ever stay good. In order to be constant mentally and habitually we have to stay on top of it. By doing that, we can avoid the extremes that come from not taking care of ourselves.
There may be some of you reading this that have a strong feeling that they are Bipolar/Bipolar II, yet you’re not seeking treatment. I’ve done this in the past and please believe me when I say that your only denying yourself a better way of life. Once you get properly diagnosed and treatment you see things a different way and experience things in a way you didn’t know you could. There can be more ‘good times’ and less ‘bad times’. Take a minute and consider this if you haven’t sought treatment.
Once you’ve been diagnosed and have received treatment its important to be on top of if to see if it’s working for you. You’re just spinning your wheels if you don’t. You have to communicate everything with your doctor, you have to keep track of changes due to new medications or their side effects and learn your triggers.
There are others ways to be an advocate for your disorder that I will cover soon. However, on my next post I’m going to talk about triggers. What they are, how they affect you and why you need to know what they are. Until next time!