I Have Bipolar Disorder and I’m Happy

Here’s How I Got From Diagnosis to Happiness

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Phase I: Acceptance and Acute Symptom Management

Accepting my diagnosis was hard at first. I had so many questions, and the answers took time to discover. Questions like, “Is this really an accurate diagnosis?” and “How come I didn’t see this coming?”

Would I be able to work?

Would I be able to support myself financially and emotionally?

These were the types of questions that ran through my mind, and I was in a panic to learn the answers.

Phase II: Broader Lifestyle Changes and Ongoing Therapy

I’ve been in therapy for seven years. Over that time, I’ve put into practice some lifestyle changes that have been shown to be beneficial for people with Bipolar Disorder.

  • Exercise
  • Social connection
  • Journaling and reflection
  • Reading

Phase III: Today — Creating the Life I Desire

I almost ended therapy this year because I was feeling better than I had in years. I thought my therapy work was over. But then I realized that I still wasn’t happy, not overall.

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