People with bipolar disorder often struggle to balance self-monitoring with spontaneity. To live with bipolar disorder necessitates ongoing self-observation and self-monitoring. Those without psychiatric disorders can live through the ebb and flow of various mood states, but bipolar individuals must remain attuned to every subtle mood shift. But how does one live in a state of constant self-observation while maintaining spontaneity towards life? There’s no easy answer. The challenges of life require adaptation. This is true not only among the bipolar, but among anyone facing difficult realities in life.
- Living with psychiatric disorders like bi-polar can cause people to behave very differently to medication and treatment.
- Part of living with bi-polar is the need for constant reevaluation and tweaking of treatment to maintain best state of mind.
- Certain disorders like bi-polar are best thought of as life-long challenges and not something to be cured.
“Group member two had a long history of rapid cycling where she’d experience significant mood shifts every two to three months. The roller-coaster moods were getting worse.”