Hey, y’all —
I was thinking about this “no cure for bipolar disorder” thing. They say it’s a “lifetime illness.” But when I think of a lifetime illness, I think of something like diabetes, not bipolar disorder.
I think the word “illness” to us implies something physical, but the term “disorder” implies to us a mental illness.
Either way, we’re stuck with this – there is NO cure for bipolar disorder.
But that doesn’t mean that we have to let it get the best of us. We determine how that goes. The more control we have over our disorder, the less control it has over us.
Like other lifetime illnesses, we have medication that doesn’t cure us, but does control the symptoms of our disorder. As long as we take our medication religiously, we can stay stable.
Being stable means having a relatively normal life. Which, fortunately, we can have as long as we manage our bipolar disorder well.
It’s not like it’s a terminal illness with stages, like cancer, which will eventually kill us. Ours is a different type of illness. One with no cure, and yet one that doesn’t have to be that different than if we didn’t have it.
So we adhere to our medications, go to see our psychiatrists, therapists, and doctors, and do things like live a healthy lifestyle to manage ourselves and our disorder. We are actually the ones in charge, not the illness, because it can be managed.
We do what we can to keep ourselves healthy — both physically and emotionally. And each day we can wake up expecting that, “No, I won’t have a bipolar episode today.” Again, we are in control.
We do that by keeping mood charts and journals, watching our triggers, and being on the lookout for signs and symptoms of our bipolar disorder so that we can catch an episode before it even begins.
We also manage our disorder by having a good support system that is sort of a “reality check and balance” for us.
It’s ok for me that there is still no cure for bipolar disorder. I do the things I’ve talked about, and I’m stable. Each day doesn’t feel any different, like it would if I even had a broken foot. I am confident that as long as I do my part and manage my disorder to the best of my ability, the bipolar will take care of itself.
Wishing you peace and stability,
Remember God loves you and so do I,