Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
When symptoms appear, are you aware of them? What are some of the signs? I sit here today knowing that when I go to a prolonged length of time, being tired and not getting a good night’s sleep, I get agitated. This agitation leads to other symptoms of my bipolar disorder, such as, zero tolerance.
I begin to have no patience of all the little things that normally have no effect on me.
If this sounds trivial, it’s not. Because when I’m not rested everything bothers me and it’s not healthy for me or anyone around me. I think that when I’m aware of the symptoms, I need to evaluate what I’m doing. Am I taking my medications at the right times every day? Again, am I getting enough sleep? For me, not enough sleep has been the cause of a lot of trouble in my recovery the last 10-12 years. It’s not the only thing but its a dominant one. It throws off my balance. I think stress has a lot to do with it too. If I’m stressed out, symptoms can appear and stress can also tire me out which can cause the circle of symptoms. It all goes hand in hand. Stress leads to being tired, being tired and not getting enough sleep, leads to symptoms. How can you avoid prolonged symptoms? I think the only way is awareness and coping skills. To be aware of yourself and know what to do when symptoms arise. Maybe therapy, speak with your doctor, support groups, or a good support system.
If you agree, let’s get a good night’s sleep, tomorrow is a new day.

2nd Step

I went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting talking about the 2nd step which is, “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

Pieces

Pieces
Looking inside I see the puzzle,
Piece by piece.
I see how it fits.
Understanding the connections,
Seeing the meaning.
If the pieces get scattered it can feel defeating.
When and if this happens,
It’s time to sort it out.
Taking it piece by piece,
And eliminating the doubt.
Pieces

Flow

Flow

Life is constant,
It’s always moving forward.
Like the current,
Were constantly moving toward our goal.
But what’s our goal?
Is it to keep our heads above water?
Is it to avoid obstacles?
Or do you go with the flow?
To go with the flow,
Is to live life on life’s ¬†terms.
To understand that there will be obstacles, trials, and adversity.
And to know to keep your head above the water and let the current of life carry you through them.
The current is strong,
Life is always moving,
Life is a journey,
So stay strong.
Feel the flow.