Capn, "normal" is a dryer setting. Why be normal? I know I aspire to be more than a dryer setting.
You are so right! BP gets a really bad rap and I think that too many of us reap what others have sewn. We are chronically ill, not chronically mentally ill. This is more akin to high blood pressure or diabetes, it is physical. Before you let someone tell you THAT is hooey...have you ever been around someone with diabetes when their blood sugar shoots for the stars or drops out from under them? They seem pretty mentally ill and it is probably because they are not taking their meds. It is just exactly the same for a BP person if we don't take our meds.
You won't have a cure because this is an issue of brain wiring and motor neuron firing. There is such a thing as burned out bipolar. You live long enough and it COULD burn itself out. It is like burned out rheumatoid arthritis. It is still there, but it can't do anymore harm. I understand that this CAN happen with BP, but it is not a given. Like anything else, you have to sleep enough (most adults are sleep deprived) and eat properly and not abuse yourself with alcohol, illicit drugs or with things like pushing yourself too hard for too long. It is that same path to the Food Pyramid, 5 servings of fruits and veggies, 30 minutes a day of cardiovascular exercise...
I am not one for self care and it just seems like it all comes down to that. Today is Monday and I woke up with an itchy bumpy rash on my face and a painful 'rrhoid. I have the joy of knowing I am buttugly in more ways than one. The last thing I want to do is take care of myself, I just want to sit like this and ROT. Screw the 5 servings and can't snoring count as cardiovascular exercise?
I'd rather hike up Mt. Everest and go explore the Titanic and jump on the Space Shuttle for a week's vacation. Do these adventures require self-care too? You tell me Capn, you've just returned.
The Lady Dragonfly
Yes, it was me...I know because I was there when I did it. Lupus sufferer, bipolar II sufferer. Currently on Indocin for chronic pericarditis related to lupus, and cherishing every deep breath without pain. Currently in graduate school for mental health counseling, class of Fall 2007. Vegan and loving it!