Years ago, I was hospitalized for bipolar during the holiday season. It was a particularly challenging time that taught me about the power of hope.
Hospitalized for the Holiday
It was Christmas Day 1981. I was hospitalized as a result of a bipolar episode I’d had earlier in the month. On that particular day, I was given a day pass to spend the holiday with my family.
But, at the end of the day, I had to return to the hospital.
For me, this was a very difficult time. All I wanted was to be home for good.
The holidays can be an incredibly emotionally charged time for those of us living with bipolar disorder. In some cases, like mine mentioned above, some individuals will spend this holiday season in an inpatient treatment facility. This experience can be traumatic. Loneliness and despair are amongst the feelings associated with situations such as these.
But there is hope. After all, isn’t that one of the spiritual elements of the season of Christmas?
Hope for Better Days with Bipolar
Despite the fact that I was in a bad space, literally and figuratively, I had hope that things could get better. And they did.
It took time, but, eventually, I was able to learn about how to manage my symptoms and break out of the cage that had imprisoned me for so long.
I still have hope today. I have hope that our society can learn to be more compassionate towards those living with brain disorders. And I have hope that one day the suffering associated with mental health conditions will be eliminated.
On Christmas Day 1981, I was lost, but now I’m found. I have discovered that it is possible to live a life that is not a perpetual rollercoaster.
My life is not perfect, but it is a far cry from where it used to be.
It starts with identifying our needs and communicating them clearly, so we can keep our mood stable and enjoy the festivities. We can create a holiday plan that serves us for years to come, starting now. Let’s focus on what we need and how we want to feel during every holiday season. It’s possible to...
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