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.