One thing that I found to be refreshing with my son’s therapist is her constant, weekly reminder that though my son struggles with bipolar disorder, he is gifted in other areas. Each week she ends his session with him demonstrating his advanced skills in certain mind games that leaves the rest of us in the dust. We also take time to hear about his latest creations and inventions at home. He always leaves the session with a spark of optimism. This alone is priceless therapy!
I think it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the challenges this illness brings, but as most of us know, some of the greatest artists, performers, writers, inventors and more have been individuals living with bipolar disorder. I think the key is to learn how to “live” with it, working through the tough stuff and embracing the gifts.
But it all starts with knowing that one has these gifts.
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If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and recognize your unique gifts or positive experiences, please share, I would love to hear about it!
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Research explores the positives of bipolar disorder.