#72: The Struggle is Real-er (with Bipolar Disorders)

anxiety crisis story Aug 06, 2020
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Does it ever seem like life is one big never-ending struggle? Never mind trying to do it while handicapped by mental illness. When you face yet another pressure-cooking situation, it can feel like you never had a grip on the good times. And this cycle of wins and losses can make anyone feel old before their time.

Maybe for you it seems like giant problems grow out of small things that many others would take care of and be done with. What is the deal? If problems are unavoidable, why does living with a bipolar disorder only intensify them?

Today on The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike opens the curtain on a swelling set of dark circumstances that threaten to knock him off course. And you’ll find more than a few clues as to how to avoid this for yourself. Jump in to see why big problems create even bigger opportunities!

Don't miss it.


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  • Living with a heightened state of chronic anxiety can do irreversible damage if left untreated.

  • There is no excuse to hide your symptoms and long-term patterns of illness from your doctor. Speak up! Advocate for yourself! You’re more than worth it!

  • Waiting to see if symptoms of anxiety subside with therapy is smart. When you’ve done all you can do and it’s still a problem, then it’s time to explore medical treatment(s) with your doctor.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you out as you struggle to find help and answers and relief.

“Lifers” are special people who have unwavering faithfulness. This assures you that they’ll stick around through all the highs and lows that are normal for a life with mental health challenges. If you haven’t nominated a lifelong family member or friend as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)


The Questions:

1) Can you identify the source(s) of difficulty that are causing this current struggle?

2) How have you experienced a struggle like this in the past? / What helped you then?

3) At what point would you seek out professional help for these difficulties?

4) What course of action can I help you take, that would give you hope for a better life?


Join the Tribe!

Once you’ve had a chance to talk or journal about these things you might have a question from this episode. If so, make sure you head on over to The Bipolar Now Podcast Network on Facebook! There’s quite a few people over there who are also taking a new step in their mental health. And we’d love for you to share your story with us when you’re ready. So don’t miss out!


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