Right now I’m fighting.
Fighting with my brain.
I managed almost a year with no episodes, the longest I have ever gone since being diagnosed.
Last night, out of the blue I had an episode, there were no warnings, my train of thought had been stable with no hint of mania or rapid thoughts, there was nothing out of the ordinary to give me a chance to get home, get the help I know I need when I’m about to have an episode, take more medication and sleep it out.
This snuck up on me, though I should have realised as I wrote my last blog on therapy anxiety that writing about my therapist often means my Bi Polar monster is yawning and stretching, getting ready to do battle with me, the obsessive thinking about my therapist , the googling her name etc… all classic warning signs, except there were no other signs, it hit me full force, one minute I was in the kitchen, doing what I needed to, next minute I was pacing up and down the bedroom freaking out on the phone to my 2 people who are my “ go to” when I’m unwell about the blinking cow that the meat I had just opened came from, now I’m a meat lover, could never actually be vegetarian!! Give me meat anytime of the day and I’m your friend for life , so me freaking about the cow was super odd.
My episode only lasted an hour or two.
As I wrote in my blog my Bi Polar has changed . Last night it came on suddenly and just as suddenly receeded, I did not need to take an extra dose of meds or call a psychiatrist.
Today there are those thoughts, racing, irrational thinking but I am constantly, every minute fighting it and WILL NOT let it beat me!
My stratagies are
Acknowledge the thoughts and then let them go.
I would be really interested in hearing your strategies are ? How do you, when you know your thinking isn’t right, stop a full blown episode happening ?
Lots of love