Beware of the Bipolar Disorder Filter

Bipolar disorder takes away our ability to evaluate ourselves realistically and calmly. Our behaviors and thoughts are seen through a bipolar disorder filter and this filter distorts everything. It’s hard to be kind to yourself, be rational or calm when this filter distorts everything in your life.

The solution- recognize that the filter is there- learn how it distorts your thoughts, feelings and actions and then do everything you can to get rid of the filter so that you can make decisions from the real you.

This is so true isn’t it! I always have to remind myself that thinking my life is terrible when it isn’t is a sign that I’m sick. In fact, nothing is really terrible in my life- I may be unhappy or things may not be going well, but overall, my main problem is bipolar disorder. If I can remember that and treat the bipolar disorder first, then I can make rational decision and be a lot happier with my life.

Julie

4 comments to Beware of the Bipolar Disorder Filter

  • Anita

    I am experiencing such stress right now in my attempt to work. When I am there, I always think that someone is mad at me-just tolerating me. It affects my day in such a negative manner. I actually left work 2 hours early due to the stress I was experiencing. I came home and napped for over 3 hours! I was exhausted from fighting the distorted thoughts of my day today. This illness is an ongoing battle with the negative thoughts, feelings of inadaquacy, and the thoughts that go along with it all ! The fight goes on !

  • Judy

    This is such an important area to consider and take into account when one is closely linked with a bipolar sufferer. Thanks for helping us understand what goes on in a bipolar mind. I want to be able to understand and make allowances for someone I love, who struggles with this illness.

  • Susan in AK

    This isn’t a response to this posting Julie. I want to ask a question and am not sure how else to communicate with you.

    I’m becoming more and more aware of long-standing behavioral patterns in my life that correspond with ADD (I do not have hyperactivity, so I use this acronym). I have not been diagnosed with full-blown attention deficit disorder, but have talked with my health care providers about this and they agree that there are definitely low-grade symptoms present. I feel that I need to continue to educate myself about the ways I think and act that correspond with this disorder.

    My question is this: I know that ADD is often present within bipolar disorder. How much of an impact does this have – is it really common that “most” people experience it, or do only some people? Other than reading books to learn coping techniques, what other recommendations are there?

    Thank you,
    Susan

  • Angela

    SMy husband and I both have bipolar disorder. Both of us have an inability to “filter” things that we say. Is that common with bipolar? For example, sometimes we say things that are blunt. It may hurt someone’s feelings. I’m curious to hear your opinion.

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