... This is a confusing time for me. I have always been considered a intuitive, deep, analyzer, in my own world/private, optimistic, outgoing, and weird (i like it) person. I have a past of social anxiety (so i thought) from bullying that transpired as i was growing up. Now, being 25, I have learned to stop keeping my feelings in and talk it all out it helps alleviate anxiety.... (0 replies)
... that there is more going on than simply a chemical problem with bipolars. Meds ARE important, it's a first step, but it's not the solution and will never be for Bipolar it stabilizes an unhealthy thinking person. ... (7 replies)
... I know. I'm verging on homelessness right now. And I won't even start on my history. Life? I'm redefinng it from the ground up every second. The only thing that helps is when I grab myself by the neck and shove myself (often kicking and screaming) into spirituality. Sometimes a miracle happens, sometimes not. But it's all I got, and sometimes it is beyond very good. ... (44 replies)
... well I' had NO FAITH until I went to AA and experienced some spirituality for several years but have completely lost it due to the horrors, losses and pain of mental illness. ... (44 replies)
... That is such a good question I had not given much thought to it I don't think or if I did I don't remember. I think being Bipolar at least for me you feel so much deeper and pull more from experiences then the "normal" society does. ... (5 replies)
... As for a connection between bipolar and spirituality, isn't that in the eye of the beholder? ... (5 replies)
... I'm a little freaked out by all the christian interpretations of your spirituality question. ... (6 replies)
... Um... I would disagree about the "far eastern" religious ideas. Yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc., can all help 'quiet the mind' and allow a bipolar patient a degree of healing that isnt possible with just medication. ... (6 replies)
... Scarier still is that most of my end of the line psychosis' had to do with God and spirituality and the cosmos. I still have echoes. ... (19 replies)
... Being diagnosed with bipolar has totally changed my spirituality. Before I became sick, I very much believed in a god and believed that life had rhyme and reason. ... (17 replies)
... I had difficulty understanding some parts of your post, but let me say this in response to the sections I understood: I come to this board for support. I don't have anyone in my family who understands what it means to have BP except for 2 individuals. I don't have alot of friends who understand BP either.
Thanks to this board, I've made many wonderful friends who know what... (28 replies)
... or our emotions are not exclusive to any thing or place on this physical plane. Im not suggesting or limiting this to any particular spirituality or philosophy. ... (28 replies)
... there again, and I have managed to change the screen to a better more cheery on I can look at. I posted there, under spirituality. Thanks to you. And I think bipolar CAN be very dangerous, with dangerous gifts. We have to know how to be realistic and safe. ... (19 replies)
... I want to impress them or when I'm down I want to avoid them, or when it's a mix I'll want to impress them with how brutal I can be in taking them apart. So, my spirituality is not something I share with anyone but family, and it's a bit lacking. ... (6 replies)
... acceptance and love from God for me exactly as i was. i found it and today my greatest help in life, being bipolar, is my spirituality. i don't know others with bipolar that have the same kinda spiritual life that i do and that's ok for me. ... (6 replies)
First, let me just say that I'm so sorry that your emotional life has been so hard. I have been BPD my whole life and what you describe sounds pretty classic. Right down to the trouble getting a dx.
I was first diagnosed as clinically depressed at about 23, but I had severe signs of BPD since I was about seven. Even though my symptoms were debilitating, I never took... (6 replies)
... Hello again! I haven't run across any other books that specifically deal with spirituality/the cosmos & Bipolar Disorder -
Are you currently manic/depressed/or on a plateau??
If you are put on lithium while on a plateau it would be more a case of you just not having another mania or depression surface.
If you are put on lithium while manic/hypomanic it can take a while... (16 replies)