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Episode · 2 years ago

Newbie's Guide To Bipolar Disorder; 10 Keys to Understanding Your Impairment

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

I was diagnosed nearly 20 years ago. Through years as a patient, a counselor, and podcast host I've seen several key themes emerge with people newly diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
This episode outlines the 10 keys to understanding Bipolar that I wish I had when I was first diagnosed.
Clearly, I deliver these topics with a casual hyperbole, and this is not a medical show. However, the points I make are heartfelt, and things I've experienced firsthand. I hope you or your friends and family might benefit from knowing some of these things upfront.
Newbie's Guide To Bipolar Disorder; 10 Keys to Understanding Your Impairment
1:00 - [#1] Diagnosis
5:45 - [#2] Abbreviations
7:15 - [#3] Medication
8:50 - [#4] Symptoms
11:00 - [#5] Sleep
13:00 - [#6] Diet & Exercise
15:30 - [#7] Alternative Treatments
18:20 - [#8] Coming Out
22:00 - [#9] Work, Job, Productivity
25:10 - [#10] Building Support Networks
31:30 - Recap

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It's only head and now it's online Bible this stylecom yes, emotions with Bible style. Hey, welcome back to bipolar style for September two thousand and nineteen. I'm your host, Johnny emotions. Come on in. So today I've got a kind of a top ten list of the things that you can look out for when your first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and I think we'll just call this the newbies guide to bipolar disorder. Listen to this if you've been recently diagnosed and share it with your friends and family if you think it might help your situation, because it is pretty scary. So let's just jump right in. Number one, the diagnosis. This is tricky, right. You've been feeling crazy, at at your wits end for a while, maybe sad, maybe unhinged. You finally get into a doctor and they say you have bipolar disorder. Now that's interesting, right, because a lot of people, well, it's evenly split, probably, and a lot of people have both feelings, but a lot of times people are horrified at that. The patient we're talking about, the patient families, are always horrified at diagnosis that they don't understand. But as a patient, just remember just because a doctor told you you have bipolar disorder today or yesterday or whatever, you're not a different person than you were a week ago. You are still you. So don't let the diagnosis change who you are. You are fine as you right. You just have a disorder that can be dealt with and be managed and you could live along prosperous life. So don't let that part get you down. In fact, a lot of people, self included, when I was told that, when I was given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, a lot of things clicked. I'm like, AH, so it was kind of like a relief, like a weight had been lifted off my shoulder, like I wasn't incurably crazy in my head. I actually had something that was identifiable, that have symptoms that other people could recognize and that doctors could help me treat, doctors meaning, you know, psychiatrist, pharmacist and therapist. So the diagnosis unto itself is hard to take for your friends and family understand that to you might as well tell them been diagnosed with cancer, because some people really freak out when you say you've got bipolar disorder. In fact, I've known families that would rather them here that you were diagnosed with cancer, then bipolar disorder. So because at least with cancer it's black and white. It's either cure to some pine or you die at some point. With bipolar disorder they don't really know exactly what it is. They know the symptoms, but they don't know exactly how to treat it. Everybody's different and it goes on for fucking ...

...years. So know that if you have bipolar disorder, is going to go on for years. That's why it's important to remember you are still you. You're the same person you were a week ago. Don't let that part throw you off track. The one thing I would recommend, though, for sure, is to get a second opinion, or third or a fourth. I'm not saying go shop around doctors until you get the opinion you want. I'm just saying the bipolar disorder stigma is very strong and if you're labeled with that and they're not able to help you get past the the initial shock, it could do a lot of damage when you start telling people you have bipolar disorder. So make sure that that is what you have, and the only way to do that is to get a second or third or fourth opinion. For example, lots of people have mania and, I'm sorry, lots of people have depression and anxiety. Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in America right now. Depressions probably in number two, close behind depression and anxiety together can kind of feel like bipolar. Your Moody, your sensitive, you know, the whole realm of I remember going to go through all the all the symptoms, but they match up pretty closely. The difference is mania. You turnsy Cotic, you hear voices, you start to you know things that aren't really there. Psychosis can set in right that's mania. If you're just hyper, if you're running around cleaning the house, that's not mania. You do you might not have bipolar disorder if that's all that you're dealing with. So you need to have some psychic I'm sorry, some psychic you need to have some psychological break. There has to be an issue of true mania where you experience psychosis. Look up the you know, symptoms of psychosis and see if you have those. If you don't, and if you just hyper and talking fast and upset and anxious and can't leave the house and you're depressing you want to kill yourself, you might not be bipolar. You could still just have depression and anxiety. So always I know insurance is hard to come by, life is expensive, the medical system in America sucks ass and it's going to be hard to get anybody to want to give you a second opinion or to pay for a second opinion, let alone a third or fourth opinion. Just remember that one critical thing. If you're not psychotic, if you haven't reached psychosis, you probably don't have mania and you may not have bipolar disorder. So when it comes to the diagnosis, make sure they get it right in the beginning. Otherwise you can go ten or twenty years taking the wrong medicine with no effect. How do you like them apples? That fucking sucks. Not speak from experience there. So move it on to number two, the abbreviations. This can get tricky, especially when you start doing when you do your research online or you're on social media and things like that. So bipolar disorder is pretty straightforward. You just take the B and the d. So...

...if you're going to initialize it, bipolar disorder is bed. There's another similar condition called borderline personality disorder, which, again using the rules of initials, you take the be and the P and the D. that's bpd. For some reason people still call bipolar bpd. I don't know why, because we don't hyphenate by words anymore. It's not binoculars or bicycle or binary, it's bipolar. It's one word. STARTS WITH THE BE. No, you don't capitalize the P just that confuses everybody. So with regards to the initials, just remember, just look following somebody on twitter or something that says bepd. Double check. Are they borderline or they bipolar or do they have that? And there's tons of others, but those are the two to make. Make sure to get right, because if the doctor is old fashioned and still usings in by words, he might put bpd meaning bipolar disorder, when it he just wrote borderline personality disorder. Just clarify with whoever you're dealing with whether or not they have bed or bpd, using the rules of initials. Got It. So number three, mendication, like I just mentioned. If they get the diagnosis wrong, the medication for bipolar disorder will not work for you. So if your medicines not working, go back and try something else. Ask Them for the next thing. There the medicine research becomes a rabbit hole. On the Internet you can just dig deeper and deeper and find all kinds of things to take and reasons not to take it. Anyway, let's just all agree that the chemicals in medicine do change your brain. They're supposed to change your brain for the better. If they're not, then they just don't working, and that's okay. You're not broken again. You might not have bipolar. You might just be taking a medicine for bipolar and you're anxious or something like that. Again goes back to the original diagnosis. Make sure you get first, second, third opinions and then, when it comes to medication, don't be shy if it's not working and you still feel suicidal angry. That's another thing. Depression makes people angry. So if you feel angry, you could be the depression taking it out around you know, on the people around you. I would like to say it's not your fault, but you are in control of that, your emotion. You can not control of your emotions, but you're in control of whether or not you open your mouth. So just be aware that depression makes people angry and inform those around you that it might just be a symptom of depression. And if you're taking something for bipolar disorder, like an Antipsychotic Med that's not addressing the depression. Well, Shit, you just going to be angry and the meds aren't going to work. So do your research on the meds and make sure the meds match and accurate diagnosis. Number four, just briefly, the symptoms from mania to depression. I just talked about depression a minute ago. There some things about depression that people don't understand. It's not simply sadness. To me, depression feels more...

...like having the flu, the nausea and the screaming headache, but that lethargy, like your body's just been weighed down by there I can't fucking get up, can't do anything. You lose all your motivation. Soon you lose hope. Your hopelessness just pervades everything. That's depression. Yeah, for sure, depread. That's why depression leads to suicidal ideation and suicide itself. Is because if you're living so hopeless from day to day to week to week, Shit, it's like, I don't want to kill myself, but I just don't want to endure this. If this is the way it's going to fucking be forever, than fuck it. I'm done. And that's where a lot of people get so if your depression is kicking your ass, go back to see your doctor and let him know. Just be out, be outspoken about your depression, because it will fucking kill you if you're not it, or it can kill you, you know what I mean. So the symptoms of depression. Obviously, anger, lethargy, acting out. Sadness, of course, is one, but it's not necessarily the primary one. I would say it's hopelessness is the primary one. And then when we get through Hypo mania, which is like mania light, I guess, is a good way to say it to a lay person, you know, that's that still could be anxiety, that could be adhd. You could be just the spas. Pardon my friends, and in the UK. I realize spas is offensive to you the way FAG is offensive to Americans, but hey, let's trade off on those words. I'm going to keep saying spas because I have that too. Okay, I am a spas when use the word I want to use. Anyway, I'm a spass, but it might maybe I'm not maddic. Maybe it's just the HD, the ADHD. And getting back to the whole idea of mania. If you haven't been psychotic, like out of touch with reality, you might not have mania. Don't wear that label so readily because once you're label with it, you're more fucked than you might think. Number five is easy one to measure and it's a hard one to attain perfection with in that sleep. Sleep is a huge thing. Anytime you go to a doctor about mental health issues, when especially mania or hyperactivity or anything like that comes up, one of the first questions that going to ask you how's your sleep? Are you getting eight hours a day? Is it the same eight hours? Are you sleeping too much? You're sleeping too little? This is this is key. So I use a little alarm tells me when to go to bed. Despite the fact that we're watch on my wrist and there's clocks all around, I still don't I don't think about it, even with an alarm. Thirty PM comes around, like I was alarm, I'll hit it and I'll turn it off. I fucking find myself still up at thirty because I turn the alarm off anyway. It's good to have reminders. And also the other side of that is, if you want to be sleepy at nighttime, get the fuck up out of bed in the morning. If you'll, if, say, if your alarm goes off at eight o'clock in the morning and you keep whacking it until it's eleven, well, yeah, of course not going to be tired come midnight. You still going to be awake. The key...

...to getting good sleep is to waken the fuck up. I know you don't feel like standing up. Maybe if you're depressed, you won't even want to get out of bed, but wake up like wake wake up, stand up for a second, sit back down, whatever you got to do, but you got to get up in the morning if you want to participate in life with everybody else. The rest of the world gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night. It's a very natural human cycle for you to be standing up till two or three or four in the morning on the fucking Internet, you know, browsing social media or shopping on Amazon or whatever. That's not helping you at all. You got to get sleep, and you are in control of your sleep. How? By getting the fuck up out of bed in the morning. I guarantee. If you get up out of bed at the rig of the time each morning, you're going to start to be tired at the same time each night and eventually you might actually get eight hours of sleep on a regular basis. That's key. It's nice to be able to go and tell your psych doctor, Yep, I got my eight hours of sleep, Yep, but been sleeping regularly all week long. That's cool, that's a good thing to do. And then the natural component to sleep is number six, diet and exercid eyes. fucking mental health twitter generally hates this idea because the moment you mentioned diet and exercise, they try to clap back with that's not gonna Carre it. We look, motherfucker. We're not saying it's going to cure it, we're saying it's going to help you. Got It. No, it won't cure it. If you have bipolar disorder, Diet and exercise will not cure you, but it's not going to hurt you either if you start drinking more water and going outside for a walk now and then. And the Diet and exercise also contributes to better sleep. So once you get in a systematic kind of rotation of sleep. Wake up on time in the morning. Get up, even if you don't you have to do anything on a lot of people that are sick don't have jobs or anywhere to go, or even hobbies. But just fucking get up, read a book, stare out the window, something, just be awake. Get up and try to eat protein for your brain. Don't eat sugar. Sugars horrible for you. Sugar is my Achilles heel right now. I love it, can't do without it. Trying to figure out how to get rid of it anyway. So again, like I'm not perfect at all, I'm just saying these are the things that help. These are not the things that will cure you, but they will definitely help. Now, if you are family member listening to this, just stay out of it. Don't because family members kind of suck at this. Family members say, well, you hurt that vodcast. I say you got to get diet and exercise. It's not for you to say it's for us the pace and to figure that out on our own. We know Diet and exercise can help, and now you know diet and exercise can help. It's not a cure, but it can definitely help eliminate sugar, drink more water. If those are the two tips I can give you on diet, stop eating sugar, drink more water. Exercise. It doesn't even matter. Just get up and move. You could walk a hundred feet, that's enough. If you can do a hundred feet, walk a hundred and twenty feet the next day you get it. Just incrementally build up your exercise until the pumps are moving into blood's pump and everything's like starting...

...to rotate through your system the way it should. Laying in bed drinking sugar all day, looking at the Internet. No, that's horrible. If you weren't sick before, that will make you sick. So I'm not going to harp too much about that. It's pretty obvious all the researches on the Internet. If you're not paying attention to it, you're ignoring it on purpose, then fine, you just going to be sick. That's the decisions up to you. Number seven, this one's kind of cool too. I like this one. Alternative Treatments. So is it really weird? There's Jesus people out there, Christians and Muslims and Jews. I don't know all the religions of the world whatever, but in a lot of people are full into their religion and there against Med's, there against medications and pharmaceuticals. I'm I lean more towards science. I know the chemicals will change the way you feel. If you take the right ones, that will make you feel better. Cool, but that said, I know prayer makes few people feel better. I know going to church, the community of being around people that are similar to you, that has a positive effect on humans. I can't pull myself to go fake it to be in the church or anything like that. But I'm not going to dismiss people who use church as an alternative method. Again, like the Diet and exercise, though, it could help, but it's definitely not going to cure you. And the same thing goes with the bullshit the crystals and the healing and the energy healers and all that whatever. And if you want to go down that path, good luck. That's not going to help you. Again, it might make you feel better in a weird way. I mean, because I'm like in the FUNC Suay, which you know, scientist will say, well, you're an idiot like and I'd like. I read my astrology too, but I don't live my life by it. It's just entertainment. In FUNC Suay, for example, I just don't like facing a wall. My desk never faces a wall. That's bad. You'd like facing a wall when you're trying to work, where all your energies Pam just right into the wall. That's dumb. But again, you know, that's just my opinion. So with alternative healing, just take it with the grain of salt, like Diet and exercise, the crystals and the prayer, all that stuff. I mean, it might help you feel better in a placebo kind of way, or even a realistic way. I mean people say there's scientists that are said no, prayers proven to work. I don't know. Good might choose your choose your poisons carefully, though, whether it's medication or Jesus. They're not going to cure you if you have bipolar disorder. They will just help, like diet and exercise and sleep. Those things might help if they make you feel better. I'm just I'm really leary of people like hey, stop your maids and smoke weed, or just try these crystals, then a salt bath, or it likes handles and do all a man. Yeah, treat yourself. Well, that's a good idea. Treat yourself well. But the alternative medicines and treatments, yeah, I'm not going to recommend those. I would say some of them are downright dangerous, but that's up for you to decide. You're an adult, mean hopefully, I mean I...

...think you're probably an adult. So, yeah, he could do what you want. Just know that the other ones start with this, start with the sleep and the Diet and exercise before moving on to the crystals in the Jesus. Okay, that's a good thought. Yeah, seems common sense to me. Now number eight. This one gets really tricky. I call number eight coming out. So do what I mean. I mean. You're in America. They have thing called Hippah Health Insurance Privacy Act or something like that, so your medical information is supposed to be secure and private. If you get a diagnosis like bipolar disorder, nobody else knows. They bye know that you're not performing well at work or at school, but they don't know that you have bipolar disorder. Whether or not the public knows you have a mental illness is entirely on you. If you decide to come out somebody with the mental illness, there are huge risks involved. With that. What are they? Let me tell you. Your job. They can fire you. They're not supposed to quote unquote illegal, but you know, there's a lot of shit that's illegal. That happens all the time. Mass shootings happen on the regular in America. That's illegal, it still happen. You will get fired from your job if you exhibit signs of Mental Health Disorder, and especially if you acknowledge it, to say hey, I have bipolar disorder, I've borderline, I have adhd, what, whatever it is, people around you will treat you differently and the upper management will use that to get rid of you. And because they're not stupid, they will never say they're getting rid of you because of that. You got it. So an ideal world? Yeah, Oh no, that's wrong, that's not fair. Well, whatever, we have to live in the world that exists, not the one we wish existed. So be really careful. Also, here's another crazy, creepy thing. If you come out on the Internet with your real name, like in your linked in profile or twitter or facebook or whatever, and you're using your real name, it just spouting off a nothing like Oh, I'm sick, I'm sick as fuck. I want to kill myself. I have this. I have that. You know what, all that data is being collected on you and attached to your name. In the future you might be denied insurance, you might be rounded up put into a cage. You don't know. These are kind of slippery slope argument, I'll admit, but it's dangerous. It could happen and I've heard the government talking about this already. For example, one of the ideas that the White House is floated in America is to monitor all of the phone calls of the mentally ill to try to prevent gun violence. So, first of all, how the fuck do they know you're mentally ill? They can't just like monitor everybody's phone call. Where they going to look? They're going to scour all the data they have, including your social media account, and then they'll track your phone without you even knowing it. That's problematic to me, and not only just I mean aside from the creepy thing of the government listening to your phone calls and potentially putting you in a locked room. That's one thing. The other thing is, again like the...

...idealistic world where insurance shouldn't cancel you because you've got one condition or another. They're not going to admit they canceled you for that reason. Duh. If you've got an insurance company that sees you're posting nothing but how sick you are, how you can't get out of bed or work, or you're sick, not weak, whatever it that's, that's going to be a problem for you too. So lots of things to consider when you come out, so to speak, coming out as a bipolar person, a person with bipolar disorder. I'll really like to phrase it. So just just be aware. There's obvious that's the obviously the reason I don't use my real name. I don't want to be in the database. If they want to come after a cartoon face looks like a Yin Yang and put that in jail, go ahead, I don't care. It's not me stepping away from that. It's a character I have created so that I can have a voice and I would consider, I would suggest that you consider the same thing, either not using your whole name or holding back on some of the more private information. I see literally people putting pictures of their medications on the Internet. You can see their name and their phone number in the medicine they take. That's dumb. Come on. And so eight kind of segues into nine with regards to work, jobs and productivity. Like how does the bipolar person, a person with bipolar disorder, function in that sense? Now, in the grand scheme of things, I think the whole idea of work is is dumb. I like to be productive, I like to have, I guess, money, for lack of a better word, so that I can buy things and have a life. But when people say, yeah, get a job, fuck that job. Suck. Anybody that that has a job, job, they hate it. If you go to work for somebody else, eventually you're not going to like to go to work for someone else. Maybe you do, I don't know. I don't. Never liked working for someone else. And you fall into this trap when your twenties, like Hey, got to get a job, have a family there now, fuck that. WHO said you have to get a job? All you have to do is eat and live. That doesn't require a job. The government likes say, Oh yeah, the job numbers are up. I don't care, who cares. That means. It's just more people enslaved to misery. So the idea that you have to work, you don't. If you're bad enough, if your symptoms are bad enough, apply for state disability. You Know Sti they call social disability and turns or something like that. In America it's basically, quote unquote, on the doll but fuck it. You know, we paid into this system. If you've worked ever, then you've paid into it by living here. We pay into it. Oh, what's socialism? But who cares? We're taking care of each other. All I'm saying is you don't have to work, you don't have to be productive. There's no requirement to be a productive human on earth. I wouldn't go on the Internet and say Hey, I'm a unproductive person. That's you know what good will come from that? I'm just saying, like, just reapproach the idea of work and productivity and jobs. If you've really got it bad, if you've got bipolar disorder really badly, come up with a hobby and seriously, just get your social security check, pay your rent, buy some food, start a podcast. It's virtually free. He buy...

...a Micre Secondhand Mike, Borrow Mike. I'll send you a mic whatever, just you don't have to work. And to the families that might hear this, quit pushing people to work, push them to be in alignment with themselves, if they're an artist or a creative person or dancer or whatever. Push them to do that. That will take care of the depression. Forcing them to a miserable job that's going to make things worse. So really, really think hard about whether or not you can actually work and if that's an important thing in your life, meaning the work. Obviously some kind of income is important because you need to eat, you need shelter, but it doesn't have to come from work. It could come from anywhere. There's people with trust funds, there's people, like I said, they get social security from the government. There's lots of different ways to generate money or food. is just start a farm. Just go live somewhere where it's really cheap to live, like in this little town. You can start a little farm and grow your own food. I'm not saying that that's practical. I'm just saying that you should reconsider the idea of that trying to get a job as practical. It might not be practical, so don't stress too much about it. Don't make that your first goal. The first goal should be to get better and then decide can I handle a job. Is that the right job for me? Am I even in the right field of work? All those things need to be considered. And then, lastly, number ten. I call it support network. You're going to want to develop a support network. Not all of our families are supportive of our diagnosis and not everybody with a similar diagnosis is supportive of other people with that. So what helped me a lot was the depression and bipolar support alliance. You can find them on the Internet at DBS ALLIANCE DOT ORG. They were helpful because they have what are called peer support groups, which are just groups of other people with depression and bipolar a meet regularly and you sit in a circle. There's no table, you just sit there. You go around the circle and you listen to people share and you can share yourself if you want. If you have something you need to get off your chest, something that you know others will understand in the group. That's a great place to do it. It's it's like a call a quote unquote, safe space for bipolar folks. So DBSA, DBS ALLIANCE DOT ORG. That's a great peer to peer group. It's free. They're not everywhere, but if you're anywhere near kind of a bigger city or town, there's probably a branch nearby. I've been in places where they don't exist. In people say, yeah, you should start when yourself. Fuck that this like it's like being sick isn't enough work. Trying to start a group of other sick people. It's like crawling cats. It's too much work. So peer support groups are great. The Internet is another place to find help, but don't expect it. Don't expect much help like I do this show, for example. You think it would be helpful, but honestly, nobody that has other podcasts or blogs that I did. I mean I've met a couple people from this show and we've exchanged interviews, but other people outside of your network, they don't give a fuck about you. So don't expect people that have...

...their own blogs or shows or podcast or whatever to come and ask you to be on their show like I would ask other people, and I used to bring a lot of guests on so they can share their stories and their projects, but they don't reciprocate. So I'm like, well, that's a waste of time and you know if you're going to reciprocate, if you want to invite me back on your show, then I'm not going to do that kind of show anymore. And so you might find the same problem if you're all hell bent on becoming a social media mental health advocate, so to speak. You know, hey, I'm an advocate. Great, but just know that's a hobby. You know, no one's going to pay you to do that. It's good for you. You didn't get it out of your system. You got to be kind. Don't say things you know. I have a issue with people posting trigger warning kind of stories on the Internet. That's very passive aggressive in my mind. You know, if you have if you know it's going to trigger somebody, why the fuck are you sayin it anyway? Just shut up. Can't you keep your mouth shut? It's not more important for you to for your ego to get that message out than it is to protect the other person's feelings. I mean there's, you know what I'm saying, Shit. People feel certain ways about things like suicide or molestation or things like that. If you know they already feel bad in those might trigger them. Why would you trigger them, especially as an advocate? No, maybe become just like a person like me. This is a personal journal podcast. It's not an advocacy it's not a medicine or health podcast. So I'm say what the Fuck I want, but if you're claiming to be a advocate, don't post trigger warning things. Just be kind, be compassionate, be understanding that other people don't want to hear that or see that kind of stuff. So when you're building your network it's always important to like, what's the end goal? If you're going to be an advocate, being advocate, and if you're going to go to a peer support group, be supportive and what's what's really need those. As you gain more insight into your condition, you do actually have more to share. You really have to push back the EGO and, you know, again, not post things just to get like, a response or likes or clicks. You know a lot of people like here's, here's the term I heard. For example, the other day I was watching bill burr has a new stand up, paper tiger, on Netflix. Of like bill burn in the past. I like him as a person. Seems like an interesting guy. I like his other works, cartoon if his for family all that stuff. His latest stand up special, though, is this thing I called clapture. I didn't make up the term. There's a term called claptor, I'm sorry, claptor clap teer, and that's basically when comedians go out there and say jokes for applause and approval instead of for laughs. And I feel that way a lot of times with social media, I'm sorry, with mental health advocates on social media, is that they're not there to actually get laughs. In other words, they're not there to help. They're they're just to get clapped and applause and, you know, validation. So...

...if you're an advocate, you're not there to get validation for yourself, you're there to help others. So just always know your role. It's okay, you don't have to be an advocate, just don't call yourself that. And then the other thing is along the same lines of know your role. If you are not a licensed therapist or a trained psychiatrist, you can't be a mental health coach. That doesn't make any sense. That seems like you're cutting corners. What qualifications do you have to, quote unquote, coach somebody about mental health? That's for a doctor. You know what I mean. So watch where you go with the networking, the peer support, the advocacy. It's all good. And again remember, you know, back to number eight, coming out publicly. You got to decide whether you're going to use your own name, an Avatar of some kind or whatever. But so many things to consider. One other thing to considers just not doing anything, you know, like the there's a flip of like don't just don't just sit there, do something. One of my favorite quotes I heard from a Buddhist was don't just do something, sit there. So maybe consider that. If you're about to post something that requires a trigger warning or about to be provocative, if you're calling yourself an advocate, just maybe stop, take a breath, hold back, don't say anything, just let it go. Let that pranact go, just let it go. Cool, all right. So let's recap real quick. I know I talk fast, but you know the nature of the beast. Number one, diagnosis. Always get a second at third opinion. Number two, the abbreviations. Bipolar disorder is bed, borderline personality disorder is bpd. It' see. Number three, medication. Make sure you get the right kind, the match of diagnosis, or it just won't work. If it doesn't work, tell your doctor it's just not helping. Don't be shy. Number for the symptoms. Mania to depression. For Remember, depression makes people angry and a couple of other things you wouldn't expect, and mania requires some bit of psychosis. So if you've never lost touch with reality, you might not have mania. Number five, sleep. Get the fuck out of bed in the morning. You'll be tired at night. Just do it. It's number six. Died and exercise. Would like, I said, stop eating sugar, drink more water. Number seven, alternative treatments, crystals and Jesus might make you feel better and if they do, good for you, but they're not going to cure you. Number Eight, coming out publicly. You know, watch you tell your job, the government, family, you know all of those entities and people could use it against you. So be careful coming out. Number nine, rethink the idea of working and a job. Maybe it's not for you, maybe you'd be better off living in the forest or something. You know. Just no, not everybody has to have a job. Got It. And then number ten, your peer support network, peer groups, online advocacy. Just think about what you're doing ahead of time and know your role and contribute. You know if and reciprocate. Obviously,...

...if someone's helping you, then offer to help them back. So that, in a nutshell, one to ten the newbies guide to buy polar disorder. If you like to contact me, you can try to find me on twitter, bipolar style and and, Oh yeah, bipolar stylecom will take your right to the web page where you can listen to this without subscribing to itunes. Cool, cool, all right, next episode is going to be fun. We're going to talk about mental illness and gun control. That should be hot topic. You might want to hear some of that. I think my take on is a little bit different than most liberal, Progressive Mental Health Advocacy. Can the type people again. Yeah, not actually an advocate. So I'm going to tell you what I think about gun control and mental illness coming up on the next bipolar style. I appreciate you hanging out with me and listening to me rant and know, yeah, especially if you're listening to it, don't speed or full speed must be. Hey, I appreciate you and I'll see soon. Take care of by an you don't know. I'm awesome, baby. Subscribe style cheese as following on twitter. joyless. Excuse me,.

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