#73 Not too proud to ask for helpAug 13, 2020
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Why is it that some people can go running for help the instant there’s a problem, whereas others will let a problem get out of control before they think to do something about it? When the pressures and stressors in life mount up, do they create opportunities to get help? Or do these things just bring out your white knuckles?
Having a mental illness like bipolar disorder adds additional complexity to these questions. If you’re experiencing symptoms, do you prefer to hide them or to make them go away as fast as possible? If you do the former, you choose to suffer alone. But if you do the latter, you might be missing out on a personal growth opportunity!
On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares about how it took him over 8 months to get professional medical help for his chronic anxiety and fatigue. And how his family values influenced how long he was willing to suffer before giving up his pride.
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- When facing a growing problem or symptoms, try to capture your thoughts in terms of causes before looking for solutions. That way you’ll be equipped to share with your doctor(s).
- The things we tell ourselves create problems when those thoughts go negative. The worst thing you can do is feel helpless. There are solutions to every issue in our mental health.
- Not building a solid professional support team (think doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, and coaches) makes it much harder to participate in great health care.
Lifer Discussion Guide
Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you out with any sticking points you may have toward getting help for your mental health.
“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? :-)
1) Do you remember a time when you were young where you could’ve asked for help, but didn’t?
2.) How did it help you when you were younger to do things on your own?
3.) Do you consider yourself an independent person? / Why or why not?
4.) Are there any health problems that you’re holding off on finding help for?
5.) Compared to Mike’s story, what would be your ideal way of finding help for the issue(s) you have?
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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 Group on Facebook! There’s quite a few people who are also holding off on receiving treatment because of family dynamics or personal preferences. 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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