As unpredictable as tracking a storm. That’s how bipolar and depression and anxiety and panic attacks and PTSD feels. You cannot predict your reaction to anything. The only thing we can do is to learn about our disorder, what our triggers are, what it feels like when the light storm is turning into a major storm (major depression, mania, reliving the past, etc.).
Learning the triggers may not always prevent the storm, but it will help us get through the storm sooner than later. If we know the triggers, it gives us time to get the help and support we need to get through it.
Learn who your support is for when you go through a storm and make a safety plan.
People count on us, even though we don’t know if we can always come through for them, because our mood swings are unpredictable. Let the people who count on you know that its not that you don’t want to be there for them, but sometimes, it is hard to be there when you are in a storm.