I am so in love with your blog!! Anywho, I've recently been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and I was wondering how do you cope when you're just diagnosed? In a way I feel so relieved we've figured out what the issue is, but at the same time I'm afraid I can't tell the difference between me and my Bipolar disorder, if that makes sense. I'm afraid my environment will trigger another episode.
Hey! Thanks, glad you like it. Truth is, I did not cope once I found out. I was in denial for nearly 3 years. I got diagnosed at age 14. I refused to believe I had this illness bestowed upon me out of nowhere, and I refused to take medication after I came out of the psych ward the first, second and third time. Consequently, by going off my meds I trigged more manic and psychotic episodes. However when I was off my meds from age 18-21, I did not relapse. When I was back on medication last year, I had a mild hypomanic relapse and spent three weeks in an adult psych ward. So I can’t say for sure how to cope. The coping strategies come in time. 10 years later and I know how to finally cope and manage my illness. One thing I can tell you for sure - stress is a huge trigger for an episode, whether it be depressive, psychotic or manic. So make sure your environment is stress free. Well, as stress free as you can possibly make it, because stress in life is inevitable.