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Unread 05-10-2012, 01:47 AM   #1
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When I was first being diagnosed, in the early stages of getting treatment, and coming to grips with bi polar & schizoaffective disorder I became obsessed with studying mental illness, and trying to figure out what to do to get better. To try to make some sense of what I was going through. I learned a lot, forgot a lot, but remained obsessed with seeking a solution, a fix, or maybe the tools, and the right understanding to overcome this illness.

Fast forward three years. My whole attitude has changed. I'm no longer seeking an answer for what i experience. I'm putting all my energy behind trying to live a normal life, and not worrying about what's wrong, diagnoses, symptoms, labels etc. I take my meds, go to work, see my therapist, and get on with whatever life throws at me. My attitude nowadays is: to make sense of it is to not make sense of it. Their are tough days, and their are decent days, but moreover i just don't get absorbed in it anymore. Of course when i'm hearing voices, and struggling to communicate with people, it's in my face and there's often nothing i can do but cope, but i'm finding out if i keep busy trying to live a normal life things just fall back into place.

I mean what can you do but try and live a normal life. Do normal things. I mean there's nothing deep to this situation in my view. Nothing gained by seeking out the answer. Leave it alone, and get on with living the life which for me will never be normal, but strive to get as close as i can with the cards i've been dealt.

I guess it was all a process of getting here. It was all just the natural progression of how I learned to deal with my illness. Does anyone else have similar stories of a shift in attitude in how you've dealt with illness?
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Unread 05-10-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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A lot of wisdom here. Thanks, brackenbeard.
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Love your blog btw - especially the post about structure and having a job. I emailed it to my son.

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Yes, I'm doing that (I hope)! I'm still a very angry person and I'd like to change that. Otherwise I don't try to change my mental experiences, I just get on with it. It's nice to hear from other people who do.
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I wax & wane between this perspective & obsession... But the obsession usually persists throughout the duration of an active episode. All in all? This is a very enlightened perspective & I believe it will serve you well through whatever you choose to do in life! Stress is bad for yah. : )
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I mean what can you do but try and live a normal life. Do normal things. I mean there's nothing deep to this situation in my view. Nothing gained by seeking out the answer. Leave it alone, and get on with living the life which for me will never be normal, but strive to get as close as i can with the cards i've been dealt.

I guess it was all a process of getting here. It was all just the natural progression of how I learned to deal with my illness. Does anyone else have similar stories of a shift in attitude in how you've dealt with illness?
I agree completely..."do normal things..." but, guess "normal " is relative. What's deemed as normal to you may not necessarily be normal to the next guy. What's considered normal in one society may be abnormal in another.
It's a line I've said to my hubby frequently. Someone living with bipolar told me she cannot afford to be quiet for a few days without the people around her thinking she's depressed. Even when she is NOT depressed. Or too happy, excited without being thought to be in mania.
At the end of day, where do we draw the line? Everyone is different. I guess if it doesn't bother anyone, just do you. Be happy.
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great post
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