Something I’m Proud of:
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to become a counselor. To do this, I would have to go back to school to get my second master’s degree. For four years, I was a full-time grad-student, but they were not easy years. These were also years when my bipolar disorder tried to take me down. These years were full of mania, depression and more therapy than I thought was possible. This was the scariest time of my life. There were days when I wasn’t sure I would survive. But I did. Not only did I survive, but I graduated with my counseling degree. And not only did I graduate, but I graduated with honors!
Advice for Newly Diagnosed:
Learn your limitations and embrace them. Having bipolar disorder many times requires us to take life at a slower pace than we may want to. For myself, I had to slow down considerably in order to reduce my stress levels if I was to ever find stability. It was hard at first, but once I realized how my busyness was negatively affecting me, I knew I had to make necessary changes. When I was finally able to accept my limitations and embrace them, it was a turning point for me in fully accepting my diagnosis.