I've changed the name of my blog to Wellness Writer. You don't need to make changes in your blogroll because I still have the same URL. I'm not going to change that until I'm ready to make a number of changes with my blog.
But, I decided that I no longer think about myself as bipolar--despite the fact that psychiatry considers this a lifelong illness. I'm still doing all my wellness activities, but they needn't be limited to a bipolar audience. I would recommend them for anyone who wants to stay well. I am still monitoring my "symptoms," but whether a person has diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other condition, they should monitor their symptoms.
What's interesting about bipolarity is that even if a person has one manic or depressive episode, their doctors think they should remain on medication for the rest of their lives. But, I've been off most of the bipolar medication for years; I've been on Adderall (for depression) and Ativan for sleeping when I need it. But I've been off everything for three weeks with the expectation that I don't plan on taking it ever again.
Between my exercise program, my neural path therapy, my music therapy, gardening, and everything else I do for health and wellness, I see no need to ever feel depressed again. Still, I am experiencing some hypomania, but it is mostly under control. And I'm well aware of my "symptoms" and doing the best I can to control them.
Most of all, I'm not embarrassed by the hypomanias any more nor fearful that a depression will start in October or November. I truly believe I'm well. I also believe that bipolarity--if this is truly what I had before medication exacerbated things--can be controlled for some people without medication.
Again, I don't want to debate the merits of medication. It's a personal choice. And it depends upon whether you come to this illness from mania, suicidal thoughts, psychosis or any number of things. But, for me, it was depression. I've solved the problems that caused it. I've figured out ways to eliminate the triggers or deal with them more effectively. I no longer am willing to sustain relationships with toxic people--whether they are related to me or not. And I couldn't be happier!
So, the Bipolar Wellness Writer has evolved into the Wellness Writer--a moniker I feel fits me like a glove at this stage in my life!
P.S. Although Marja and I view bipolarity differently, and she's well but continues to wear the bipolar label with pride, she's written a lovely post--which I highly recommend--about how far she's come...and Gianna has written an exciting post about healing with her holistic doctor, which should give everyone hope...and Jazz has written about her journey with bipolarity... and Annie's written about bird calls, which should put a smile on your face...and Rob has a new blog, and we should support him...and Katie creates wonderful art...and Hanna is so generous about recommending other blogs...and if it's Monday, I read Danielle's post, The Simple Woman's Daybook...and if it's Friday, I read Mariposa's haikus...and if I want to read about New York, I read Howard's Mead on Manhattan (and how great to find that he's written about me)!