I believe that we should all be "exceptional patients" if we want to triumph over illness. The primary difference between dealing with cancer and dealing with bipolarity is that much of what we're told isn't true. Witness the following:
- No one has proved that bipolarity is any more "biochemical" than a cold is. Yes, your biochemistry changes when you have a cold. But does that mean you'll have a cold throughout your entire life?
- They talk about brain kindling, which suggests that your brain automatically responds to stressors in a certain way. But any number of BIPS have learned how to change the way they deal with stressors, whether by learning how to brainswitch, use meditation or yoga, or in my case, deep relaxation.
- They tell you that you need to be compliant and take medication for the rest of your life. In my experience, medication only works for a small percentage of the bipolar population. And at least with bipolar depression, there is absolutely no evidence to prove it will make you feel better rather than worse.
- They tell you that bipolarity is a spectrum illness, which means that you'll have it forever in some form or another. What's interesting is that cancer isn't a spectrum illness, and once a person has been cancer-free for five years, they're considered "cured." Why is no one ever cured of bipolar disorder?
- While "exceptional patients" research their illness, a part of me recommends that we, who are exceptional BIPS, probably shouldn't research ours. The reason being is that if everything you read is "lies" or "unproven," then what's the purpose of researching it?
But, there are some very valuable aspects of bipolarity, about which I'd like to know more...and I'll discuss them tomorrow. Stay tuned!