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Make the Right Choice with Bipolar Stability

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeSeptember 9, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 35Accepting a bipolar diagnosis can take a while—and, even then, the work is ..

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September 9, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 35


Accepting a bipolar diagnosis can take a while—and, even then, the work is far from over.

Striving for stability comes with its own set of challenges, especially when life without mania or hypomania can seem dull and flat by comparison.

But stability is the goal—it’s what’s necessary for reducing symptoms and preventing recurring episodes.

“This is where the idea of self-determination and self-will come in,” says Karl Shallowhorn, a board member of the Mental Health Association in New York State. “It helps to be aware of how our choices can result in us having healthier lifestyles by reducing the stress and anxiety of feeling like we are simply pawns in the game of life.”

Those choices can lead to successful long-term balance when they include establishing a sense of belonging, committing to ongoing therapy, and connecting with family and friends, according to a 2017 article in the International Journal of Mental Health Systems.

Affirmations—positive statements used for encouragement and motivation—also can help because they hold great power.

“Affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it,” says Kathryn J. Lively, PhD. “They are also used to help us create the reality we want.”

Taking responsibility for our stability means acknowledging that maintaining a consistent sleep/wake schedule, however challenging, can help keep triggers at bay. And that healthy eating habits can keep sugar levels from spiking and dipping, which can have a negative effect on mood.

Managing bipolar is a daily conscious choice for Julie A. Fast, author of Getting It Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track: “Bipolar limits me, and I often resent the adjustments I have to make for my health and well-being. But life is better when I choose stability.” Read more >>


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By Jessica Firger

Close by her writing desk, Rebecca keeps her favorite quote, once said by Vincent van Gogh, the painter thought by many to have had bipolar disorder. It reads, “Our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”

“I’m a quote person. I keep quotes everywhere because they trigger good thoughts,” says 50-year-old Rebecca, who lives in Abilene, Texas, and is writing a memoir about her struggles with bipolar.

Rebecca was a single mother of a young son when she was diagnosed, though she admits that she was manic well before then. She’d divorced her first husband a decade earlier and quickly become accustomed to shouldering her many responsibilities.

“I was a worker, nurturer, book reader at night. I was everything. And I did it all because I was hypomanic for years,” she recalls. Read more >>

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