k3pt wrote:Oh, of course you can learn to accept and manage it, but you can't control or convince yourself out of the disorder.I agree with you, but I was referring to how often I hear individuals say that people can get out of it if they want to. And I figured I'd establish the fallacity in that. You do have control of your life, of course, the way you deal with it, the way it affects you, etc.. But you don't have control over whether or not you have it, how intense it is.I just think it's inconsiderate for people who haven't dealt with the disorder, to say, essentially, that it's in someone's power to decide the intensity of their illness, you know?If that were true, I believe more people would be able to regard Bipolar Disorder as something that can be controlled by counselling alone.What you said is definitely true, though. People do have control over how much of a toll Bipolar Disorder takes on their lives. With the proper care, it can be managed.
k3pt wrote:She'd have days, weeks, months, even, where she'd be fine. Content, at least. Sometimes euphorically happy. She'd buy me tons of things for doing typical activities like cleaning my room, she'd do things with me (teach me to skate, play with our dog, etc.)
It got to the point where she wouldn't stay on her meds because they drained her physically, and she'd convince herself she didn't need them.
It's really an endless hell. Much less for the witnesses, they can get over it. The person with the disorder is ill and can't do anything about it.
Another misconception is that the mood swings come within seconds of each other. That's rarely true. In fact, I've never even seen that happen.
The mood is actually more of a state, than a mood, if that makes sense.
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