I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder type one at 20. And a lot of the time I find myself looking back and wishing I was more educated back then. So here are some small facts that could help.
- Know your diagnosis! Research from REPUTABLE sources and talk to your doctor with any questions.
- Find the right doctor. It may not be the first or the third one you meet, but keep trying. Doctors are here to help you, and that’s how you should always feel on a visit with them.
- There WILL be REALLY bad days. And just when you think things can’t get any worse, it does. Be prepared and use coping strategies that work for you. These bad days will pass and you are a WARRIOR for surviving them
- There will also be REALLY good days! Remember them.
- Keep up with doctors visits. This is especially important when you’re on medication that might need to be changed over time and monitored.
- Mental health days are needed, but beware of falling into a slump.
- Find coping strategies that work for you and only you!
- Never stop taking your medication!