Backpacking and Bipolar II. Taking Manic Depression on tour.
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All the best,
Thank you for this article. I was diagnosed with Bipolar II two weeks ago but suffering for much longer. The pain of knowing you have these wonderful people in your life and feeling the incredible urge to walk away from it is very hard to understand and confront. That disconnect feels very confusing and causes so much shame!
I unfortunately don’t have much to offer in the way of coping skills (yet) with the exception of my therapist and The Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast. Sometimes its really nice to know you aren’t the only one who’s brain does these things.
Thanks very much for taking the time to comment here and I’m sorry for the tardy reply. I understand totally what you’re talking about. Something I’m coming to terms with as time goes by is that leaving the people who genuinely care about you is rarely the best course of action. If they’re adults then they enter into the situation with open eyes and make their own decisions. Hurting them is something that sensitive, caring people naturally do but it’s something that is largely redundant and a worry that we can do without.
I really, REALLY struggle with guilt about being involved with people and ‘inflicting’ myself and my illness on them. This is particularly true of my girlfiend. One way I’ve gotten around it is by having her re-assure me that she is there by choice and that she won’t ALLOW me to cause her undue harm because she’s an adult who makes her own decisions. A lot of the time that helps but I still find myself gritting my teeth now and then.
Hope to talk to you more often now I’m back in the world!
All the best,
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