Talking with my therapist today, I remind myself that I go around and around with this bipolar diagnosis.
I know for myself, according to several therapists and psychiatrists that I am bipolar, rather I have been diagnosed with bipolar.
Someone close to me usually rattles my cage of belief because something I do may be characteristic of something other than bipolar. I tend to forget that in addition to bipolar I have been diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety and panic disorder as well. So there are a few things going on here.
My behavior (although annoying to me and others at times) is often less desirable when I am feeling abandoned. Yes, I have abandonment issues. I have been told by someone that everyone does. I don’t think that person understands that my issues are that people will leave me. It started when I was a child and carries over into relationships. Perhaps that is why I subconsciously sabotoge them and at the same time yearn for them.
Lonliness and sadness leads to destructive behavior becasue I lash out at those who are far away but I want to be near. it is nothing either of us can do, nevertheless, I act out. A grown person acting out (right there, it speaks- issues).
I know everything I feel is not a result of being manic-depressive, but being so does not help how I feel. What others with no mental illness do not understand, we all feel the same thing, it is just magnified for some of us and when sadness festers it turns into a crippling depression. I try to run from it when I notice it, but sometimes it starts very subtle.
I know that I have a mental illness. That has already been established many times over and try as I might, I cannot wish it or will it away. Unfortunately, I do experience the same things in life others experiene but with magnification and extremes. That is where the mania and depression come in. Sometimes the reslut of a trigger, sometimes not. It just is.
Someday, I will have it figured out and won’t feel like I am rambling, like today.
I guess, in a nutshell: I have bipolar. Not as determined by me, a family member, friend or acquaintance. According to the criteria of the DSM-IV manual. I have the symptoms and the diagnosis has been made over and over.
Accept it pb, I say and try to move forward.
trying to articulate my thoughts and feeling today, but not doing a good job. This is a moment of confusion of thoughts. This is bipolar. I feel sad, but not depressed. I feel almost numb and that I like becasue lately the alternative has been more down. Never quite making it or staying at the even keel point.
Bedtime comes earlier and earlier. I do not want to be with my thoughts. I know that is not normal, regardless of what someone says to me. I know how I feel. I can’t always put it into words and that is where the impulsive behavior comes into play.
I must remember, that not everyone understands. Even I don’t understand most of the time, hence this blog.