Bipolar Balancing Act is written by Karen. She was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder in 2012 and has weathered many ups and downs (and downs) since her diagnosis, as well as the period preceding diagnosis. Over the years her diagnosis has ranged from “there’s nothing wrong with you”, to Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. She has faced some of the most alarming symptoms and survived. Through a combination of inpatient treatment, outpatient counselling and personal work she has managed to achieve personal success and thrive while living with bipolar II disorder.
From crippling depression and isolating anxiety to coping in the workplace and managing relationships she has cultivated a toolbox of exercises, tips and insights that she wants to share as widely as possible.
Check back frequently for insight into balancing being bipolar and living the life you desire.
Areas she will explore include:
- Treatment compliance
- Managing Stress
- Self Esteem
- Self Harm Reduction Strategies
- Breathing Exercises
- Leisure Activity
- Self Care
- Surviving Stigma
- Mental Health Advocacy
- Being Productive
- Coping with “bad” days