Something I am Proud Of:

I am proud of what was once impossible; some stability living with Bipolar 2 through a consistent routine. After 15 years of drinking, gambling, and yelling at those I love; I no longer drink,I workout 3-5x/ week, eat healthy, sleep 8 hours, take breaks, and control my outbursts. I keep expectations of myself reasonable when I used to expect perfection.

I surround myself with people who have my best interest in mind and ask for help when I need it. This led to a renewal and deepening of the most important relationships in my life; great friends, my girlfriend of 2.5 years (what?!), and my family!

Message for Newly Diagnosed:

Celebrate yourself for surviving and getting here; this is too often overlooked. Forgive yourself for your past, Bipolar was in control. Do take accountability and apologize. Educate yourself as much as possible on your illness, medications, moods and triggers.

Stay close to anyone who loves and supports you for who you are, and honest in any situation, these people are invaluable. Try to find a therapist who specializes in bipolar and stick to therapy even when you’re doing well. Most importantly, TAKE YOUR MEDICATION and never give up! There is more to live than you ever imagined possible.

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