International Bipolar Foundation's blog
Every Yin has its Yang!
By Corrin E.Ofori
While fishing through my old journals and day planners I came across something that I wrote on January 22nd of 2010:
To The Max! – Extreme Living in a Bipolar II Mind
By Erica Loberg
Everything in my life has always been to the max! I want sauce on my pasta, it’s gonna be sauce, with some pasta. If I’m gonna work out, I’m gonna run five miles in the blazing hot sun. Everything has always been to the utmost extreme and I’ve never been able to temper it.
New Years is a time for a new beginning and a fresh start. It is a time to let go of the pain from our past and focus on today, now, and the future. I have a lot of pain from my past, depression, fear, psychosis, anxiety, emotional eating, and low self-esteem. 2013 is about improvement and progression in my journey of mental health recovery. I’m going to let go of my past and focus on three key coping skills-inner healing, spirituality, and self-love.
We’ve finally made it to the end of the year.
First of all, I want to congratulate you for making it through one more year.
Glad you are alive.
Glad you’ve made it through 2012.
Having bipolar disorder… you really don’t know when you will just snap.
Snap and just do what you fear the most.
I always wondered how others felt when counting down from 10 to one
They seek hope.
Opportunities, Resolutions, & Wellness in the New Year
Being bipolar we have a tendency to indulge. We indulge in shopping, adventures, hobbies, friends, worries, cares, causes and even eating out. Sometimes we eat out at very nice places. Often, we just eat anywhere. We swipe that card and then load up on what will inevitably be an over indulgence in unnecessary calories. This is unhealthy in two ways.
For me, 2012 has been a year of great success, immense loss, incredible opportunity and continual change. I accomplished things that I once doubted I could, lost people and things that I had expected to have for years to come, was presented with chances to do things that excited and inspired me, and have experienced more changes, both in my life and within my life, that I would never have imagined was possible in such a short period of time.
The Mayans May Be On To Something!
The Mayans made a prediction about tomorrow 12.21.12. They claim this will be the "end of time". This is being interpreted as being the end of the world, or perhaps the end of the world as we know it. My question is, is this really a bad thing? Think about it. Imagine the song Imagine. Imagine no possessions, no religion, no need for greed or hunger. Now imagine balance in every single way, mind body spirit, poles both up and down.
An untreated mental illness can be difficult for not only the person who is suffering from the illness but also for the people who come into contact with the person, most commonly the people closest to the person. On the rare occasion a mental illness that a person is suffering from gets so far out of hand that it can become catastrophic. That is why it is so very important to seek treatment if you think you may be suffering from a mental illness or encourage someone to seek treatment if you think they may have a mental illness.