I've been reading this great book for cancer survivors called Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing by Julie Davey. As I've written many times before, I find books like this much more helpful and inspirational than books on bipolarity or depression.
One of the reasons is because there are so many wonderful free services for cancer survivors, from writing for wellness classes to nutritional counseling, exercise programs, spirituality classes, art therapy, and so much more.
The other reason is the attitude of the cancer survivors--at least the ones I read about in these books. Many of the exceptional patients do all the same research I have done, and share my attitude about recovery. While they may have a life threatening illness, they're fighters who are continually seeking ways to heal.
Quite honestly, I don't get that same sense from many people who are bipolar and/or depression survivors. I don't see the same resolve to continually pursue new treatments until they "cure" themselves. I don't see the same belief system that suggests they can get well.
I wonder why that's so. My own feeling is that a tremendous amount of negativity comes from our doctors. If our psychiatrists don't believe we can achieve wellness, then it's difficult to sustain hope during the bad times. If we feel our doctors desert us during our sickest periods--which is how I feel when I'm depressed--then we lose trust in them.
Can you imagine what would happen if an oncologist deserted a cancer patient just because the cancer reoccurred, or a cardiologist deserted a heart patient when she had a heart attack?
And yet, I have often felt deserted by my psychiatrists in my darkest hours. Also, it's so clear to me that they know so little about healing depression, that I don't trust them to be able to help me when I'm depressed. (to be continued)
How do you feel about the possibility of bipolar/depression recovery? Do you have a wellness team in your corner? Are you getting the help you need?
For my readers who aren't bipolar or depressed, the questions are the same. How do you deal with the stressors in your life? When life seems overwhelming, do you have people you can turn to for help? Are they providing the help/advice/succor you need?