Important to note that these are both mental illness. Over the years I have had the privilege to work on the “lines” at Lifeline. This is an eye opening experience.
Bipolar I and II have different facets but essentially they bring you to a ‘high’ and ‘low’.
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The explanation and the need to write about this, is simple.
I have Bipolar II, nothing to be ashamed of and certainly something that I don’t advertise to the world because no matter how far we have come in terms of understand mental illness, stigma is still attached.
Bipolar II from my experience has been challenging but also when diagnosed in 2015,all of a sudden things fell into place for me. BPII is not as manic as I, but it still is a illness that you need to manage well.
I live my life and enjoy every moment, the only way I do this, is balance. I balance what I eat, read and exercise when I can. Medication is certainly an option that some take and others don’t. I take medication, but that is 1% of management. With all illness, if not managed well, you will suffer.
As an example someone who may have diabetes and eats whatever they want, but uses insulin is not as effective if you combine healthy eating and medication together.
We live in a world were image and conceptions about people are prevalent. It is sad to know that if you say to someone that you do have a mental illness, they cringe. The ones though that don’t care are ‘friends and family’.
I decided to write this article because I would not be staying true to myself if I like other hid it away. I commend celebrity people who come out and state that they too suffer. It was only recently that Mariah Carey said she had Bipolar !!
It is a very individual illness that is treated by a person.
“Remember Bipolar II is NOT me, but part of who I am”
(written by Lina-Raudino-Grosso)
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