World Bipolar Day is today. I myself struggle with Bipolar 2 in addition to my Cerebral Palsy. I have some friends who also do. I was shocked as soon as I discovered I was Bipolar, and it was some time before I had to admit that I am suffering from mental health difficulties. It’s hard on me dealing with each of them. Sometimes I have brain fog, making me not fully function, causing me to want to sleep, yet I can’t, so I watch TV and color. 

How does one get Bipolar?

  Factors that may increase the risk of developing bipolar disorder or act as a trigger for the first episode include: Having a first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, with bipolar disorder. Periods of high stress, such as the death of a loved one or other traumatic event. Drug or alcohol abuse.

Periods of high stress, such as the death of a loved one or other traumatic event. Me, that’s how I believe that I got bipolar.

I know my triggers like hate load noises and on and on. Somedays, I just feel like going nuts. I have some self-hate and blame myself. All I do is live my life day by day, praying to god I won’t get worst.  

In addition to being an advocate for cerebral palsy and disability, I am also a #mentalhealthadvocat your #mentalhealthmatters, so I encourage anyone to deal with a #mentalhealthcrisis. Please #seekhelp! Don’t be afraid to speak up; don’t let fear of the stigma surrounding #mentalillness stop you from finding help!! #mentalhealthawareness #endthestigma #itsokaynottobeokay #mentalhealth #WorldBipolarDay #12monthstonationals 

This is Amanda F.