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The Grieving Process of My Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

What it is like to come to terms with having a mental illness.

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After my diagnosis of bipolar disorder, it took me many years before I fully accepted I had this life-changing mental illness.

The first step in any recovery is acceptance. I realized I had to accept the truth of the reality of my illness before I could be ready to seek the necessary treatments to start the recovery process. I had to be ready to fight and heal my pain and internal mental scars.

I wish my acceptance of bipolar disorder would have been automatic and not taken so many years because then I think my life could have improved sooner.

To begin to accept my bipolar disorder I had to go through a grieving process, which took me a long time. It was a painful process and journey for me.

1. Denial  I do not have bipolar disorder. I do not have a mental illness. You are wrong. I do not want this. I can…

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We Need to Talk About ALL Deaths by Suicide—Not Just When Celebrities Die by Suicide

Well written perspective about misconceptio of suicide.

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I am saddened by the two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, that died by suicide last week. However, I am glad it has increased the discussion about mental illness and suicide. I wish people would discuss the severe epidemic of mental illness and suicide before celebrity suicides occurred, but at any rate we are talking about it finally.

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After listening to people speak about mental illness on the news and other places, I have come to the realization that most people do not have a clue what mental illness is. Too many people have said that these two people who died by suicide had everything going for them and had everything to live for and yet they were not happy.  These comments make me think that people really don’t get it.

Mental illness is not a choice. Mental illness is not a character flaw. Mental illness is not always…

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~*~ Everything Begins With Self-Love ~*~ (Positive Quotes) 💜

Lovely reminders to treat yourself with respect.

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Take care of yourself. What a lovely affirmation. It's wisdom we can all get behind. If you'd like more self-care for free, click the pic. See you there!

“To understand is to forgive, even oneself.” 

Alexander Chase ~

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“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

~ Oscar Wilde ~

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“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”

~ Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr ~ (The Serenity Prayer)

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