Initially I was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression 19 years ago, shortly after I had my first daughter. The diagnosis changed later to Clinical Depression and about 6 years ago my psychiatrist of 15 years diagnosed me with Bipolar 2.
At first it was a shocked and I did not want to accept my diagnosis of bipolar.
I just could not see how I possibly could have this condition. But I had to accept the diagnosis, which was the first step to learn to live with this illness. I learned I have to take my medication to stay well enough, so I can look after my family and function.
Another important factor was to learn my triggers, which meant to really look after myself and take care of myself when I could see I might spiral out of control, either with mania or depression.
It’s not an easy road we’re on, that’s why acceptance of this chronic condition and knowledge about it is so critical in order to be able to live a fulfilled life.
It’s very important not to be defined by Bipolar, but to learn to live with the strengths this illness gives you, for example in my case it’s creativity.
It’s a big journey but it’s good to know you’re not alone and you can find support out there, it’s just a matter of reaching out.