Really? Do you think there is just a magic button that when you say things like this, that my brain will just click and off I’ll go? No. That’s my answer right there. No. There’s no magic button to “make” me just do things when I’m in one of my states. Heres why.
My brain cannot compute how to get out of bed, how to shower or go to work. I am lucky if it can figure out how to sleep until it’s over. I literally need step by step instructions on what to do. Because cognitively nothing is firing in the right direction. My brain just went from a nice fireworks show to burning down a village. It’s void of normal everyday functions. So please quit thinking this is just in my head and I can “will” myself over it.
This, of course, follows into some of my other favorite myths on bipolar.
#1. We are impossible to help. Are you aware that 5.7 million Americans are affected by bipolar in any given year? You work with us and don’t even know it.
#2. It’s a personal weakness or character flaw. HA HA HA Have you heard of science? They have identified the genes linked with bipolar. Suck it up buttercup, its biological. And I have so much character I’m mind-blowing. Weak I am not.
#3. We can’t work. Yeah so again negative there partner. We are some of the strongest people you will ever meet. We have had to find ways to make work work. It’s not an easy road to travel, but once we figure out what makes us okay at work. We are more driven than the average employee because we crave success.
And #4. Bipolar just means we are moody. I laugh so hard every time I hear this one. No bipolar means just that, 2 poles. We are two extremes. And it can be debilitating, it can affect every aspect of our life.
We are all over the place. 1 out of every 4 American’s has a mood disorder of some sort. So before you go thinking your coworker is lazy, take a moment and ask if you can help them instead. Be a friend and not a judge. We judge ourselves enough.