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Have you been given the ‘psychiatric diagnosis’ of Bipolar I disorder, Bipolar II disorder, Cyclothymia or any other bipolar spectrum disorder....?
If so, then you will be well aware of these labels, which are used to categorise you as well as others who experience a wide range of changes in mood, energy levels, thinking and behaviour patterns that interfere to a greater or lesser extent
with your everyday lives.
As you try to identify what the real causes are and subsequent triggers, you may find yourself focusing on (or lost in) your mood changes; the resulting issues and what they mean for you, as well as the effects they have on your work and the
relationships with those around you.
What’s more, a ‘psychiatric diagnosis’ may leave you feeling uncertain or even fearful about your future. You may be faced with medications and their various side effects or be presented with other treatment options that have
long waiting lists.
You may feel as though you are caught up in a labyrinth of different methodologies, procedures and systems used in diagnosing, understanding and treating you.
It may appear that there is little collaboration between researchers, GPs, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals. As the ‘clinicians’ are turning to ‘rule books’ containing check lists of symptoms to decide how
to classify and treat you, you may turn to different support networks and other sources of self-help to gain some understanding.
On occasion, statistics and false assumptions, social stigma, discrimination, stereotypes as well as prejudice, may create even more issues for you…
You may say to yourself, “where am I in all of this…what about me?”
We are all on the emotional spectrum - emotions, and the moods they create, are the necessary ‘barometers’ of our everyday lives.
‘Bipolar’ moods, however, may appear as an exaggerated expression of the emotional swings and seem to distort the sense of who you are. You may experience good days, when you have endless energy along with the floods of ideas that come into your mind.
With your creativity unleashed and immense productive energy, you may have an unwavering desire and drive to succeed at your goals – which can be many! Multi-tasking is easy, and as for sleep – well, you need less of that.
Life in ‘fast-forward’ can seem like fun at first. Your thinking may be clearer; the picture is brighter and you feel so connected to everything around you. Steady on though – for some, there is a shift into ‘fast-forward double’ and it seems there is
no stopping you then!
You may try to do so many different things at once, that your creative and productive energies are now lost to chaos.
Perhaps you are not so sure of what you should be focussing on. Impulsive in your actions and rash in your decisions, you may Spend! Spend! Spend! or be ‘spend-ing’ too much of your time and energy on one thing or scattered on many.
Trusting your judgement becomes more difficult and it seems that those around you aren’t so sure about that either. When challenged – a simmering irritability may ensue, with an erupting anger or full-blown rage. You may wonder…
What is triggering your actions and reactions?
A mixed state of feelings, thoughts and impulses can descend upon you. Agitation, increased sex drive, anxiety, panic, paranoia and pressured speech - fatigue, guilt and suicidal thoughts. There is often a dichotomy between what you say and what you do; between
how you think and how you feel.
Tears may fall when you are ‘up’ and thoughts may race when you are ‘down’. You may feel the emptiness of a failure and yet you are so full of ‘bright’ ideas.
Black moods can wash over you; painting such bleak pictures in your mind – everything you see, hear, think or feel may be tainted or weighed down with negativity.
The ‘list of loss’ can be an endless one … happiness, motivation, sleep, appetite, energy, day-to-day function, concentration, memory, sex drive, self-esteem, clarity, hope … may lead you to ask…
Why is this happening to you?
Plaguing thoughts, words or voices may crowd into your head; leaving you engaged in conversation for hours to fight them. Lost in translating ‘things’ too literally, you may angrily challenge the innocent remark of the bystander. After all, “your perception
is your reality”. You may see, hear, feel or smell ‘things’ which do not exist to those around you.
Finally, the overwhelming fear of what other people might do to you, or of what you might do to yourself, can leave you wondering…
Is there any escape from all of this?
For some, self-medicating with drugs or alcohol may seem like a way out, or perhaps the deep cuts, bingeing and purging of self-harm may appear to give some relief… and then there are the suicide attempts.
For others, self-monitoring and managing yourself with psychiatric medication and therapy has become a part of your everyday lives.
Yet, you remain anxious; uncertain about the side effects, your future physical and mental health, relationships or employment.
Even under the protection of the Disability Discrimination Act, you may wonder if you will be ‘fit enough to work with reasonable adjustments’ or you may be ‘fit enough’ but wary of more procedures to demonstrate that you are. Perhaps you are afraid of anyone
knowing your ‘secret’ and want to deny that this is really happening to you.
You feel caught up in these consequential issues, desperately wanting to know…
What are the underlying causes?
Doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, community psychiatric nurses, therapists, telephone helplines, family as well as friends may become a lifeline for you. However, you may feel that they have become the ‘umbilical’ that draws you away from your own sense
of autonomy. Or perhaps you fear seeking any help at all. You may be confused by the conflicting statistics that give you a sense of ‘no hope’ for the future.
Perhaps a particular ‘clinician’ has made a false assumption about you on a ‘one size fits all basis’; leaving you feeling labelled and fearful of your employment or even ‘life’ prospects.
Maybe you feel that you cannot get away from the social stigma associated with ‘mental illness’; fearing that others may see you as ‘unreliable’, ‘dangerous’ or ‘crazy’. You may see in the media, stereotypes that depict the most extreme cases and fear or actually
face prejudice based on the assumption that you will display the same kind of behaviour…and what if you did?
One question still remains …
where are YOU in all of this… what about YOU?
Change your life today … Live, don’t just survive
‘Bipolar disorder’ is believed to have a strong genetic basis, however, the genes involved in susceptibility remain unidentified.
At The Naked Gene Juggler, we understand the part that genes can play, but most importantly, the relationship between an initial cause and subsequent events that can lead to patterns and triggers for mind, mood, energy and behavioural changes.
The techniques that we use will help you understand this, as well as change your perceptions and create life-changing mind shifts for you.
Take the opportunity to be the director of your own life
Find out how you can…
• Understand the process of Bipolar mood changes, depression and mania cycles
• Identify and resolve the root causes and triggers of your Bipolar
• Free your ‘self’ from Bipolar labels and stigma
• Empower your life and regain your own sense of autonomy
• Take back control of your life and live your life instead of barely surviving it
• Sustain your true creativity, productive energy and release your true potential
• Resolve your fear, frustration, anger, anxiety and shock or your bipolar diagnosis
• Regain your confidence, self belief and self esteem and reaffirm your trust in your own judgment
• Let go of fear and take on hope for your future beyond Bipolar
“Freedom is … how you deal with what is happening to you”
We respect your individuality and recognise that your needs and experiences will be different to others who are faced with similar issues and work within the parameters of your lifestyle, beliefs and culture.
We will also co-operate alongside any current treatments you may be receiving.
To find out more about our Bipolar programmes and book your initial constulation, visit our consultancy sitetoday.
Anna's Story: A personal experience of Bipolar mood changes
“I first went to see a GP about mood swings when I was 15…After that, I found that the depression worsened…and at 17, [I]developed an eating disorder and was given the label of ‘Anorexia’…
I slid into a chronic depression for two years afterwards, and then, diagnosed with ‘Clinical Depression’ was prescribed anti-depressants… Over the 8 years that followed, I was referred to various psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists as well as counsellors... I found the lack of unity across the many ‘professionals’ to be incredibly frustrating and so it became more of a ‘quest’ for me to resolve it myself.
I felt caught up in an agonizing battle. Constant negative thoughts resounded through my head... And then there were days when I felt so elated with lots of positive ideas going through my head…There were times when I was crying and laughing simultaneously and then confusion would set in.
At 25, I went privately to a consultant psychiatrist, who made a diagnosis of ‘Bipolar II Affective Disorder’... He suggested a treatment of low dosage mood stabilizers…I could resume a more functional life without burnout and breakdowns. However, I felt very detached and I sensed that the medication
was masking issues that were lurking inside… And then, a series of stressful life events; including a turbulent marriage and subsequent divorce, as well as workplace discrimination, left me once again experiencing mood swings and crippling panic attacks.
22 years on from my first experiences of mood swings, I met Lily and Russell at The Naked Gene Juggler. I was curious about their work as they had a more integrative approach in dealing with various issues and illnesses. They were very focused on the individual and were not interested in the labels. I found
that they had a much deeper understanding of the subtleties and variations that different people experienced. And most importantly, they were interested in resolving the root cause of an issue or illness.
…As soon as Lily and Russell started applying their techniques, I knew that this was a turning point and the start of a new and totally different path to understanding. They used a combination of methods taken from old as well as modern science-based techniques. In so doing, they were able to tap into my subconscious mind,
and help me identify the root causes of the depressed and elevated moods, the eating disorder as well as the anxiety and panic attacks…I realised that I had suppressed memories and emotions from specific life experiences that had overwhelmed me at the time they had happened. Once Lily and Russell helped me clear out these negative
memories, they applied techniques that assisted in replacing them with positive emotions and visions for the future. They also used methods that seem to have “rewired” my whole mind and body systems.
It was Christmas day 2008 that marked the first day I stopped taking medications. I am proud to say that is still the case. Not only that, but, my life has changed dramatically. I find that I am re-discovering myself. Now, I know what it means to really feel and express emotions - even more importantly, what it means to be me, without mood swings. I have the confidence to do the things I only dreamed of
doing before. I have since launched my own business, doing something that I truly feel passionate about. I feel re-connected to ‘me’ as well as the people around me. Now, I can give voice to what I think and experience how I feel, without doubt. I feel the love that I have for my partner. The best part is - he can now see it. Also, others around me are noticing changes in me. I hear them say, “you’ve become a different person”,
“I can see the real ‘you’ now” or “you seem so much happier and assertive…what happened?” or “Can I have some of what you’re on?” It makes me smile, because, I am no longer “on” anything and I have “peeled off” those labels.
I am free from ‘bipolar’ and the legacy it carries. I no longer expect the mood swings, look for discrimination, notice the stigma or feel the shame. I have stopped looking over my shoulder; waiting to be persecuted. I am free from the sense of injustice, where others have judged. I am free from the confines of the ‘bipolar label’. I have no need to confess to ‘bipolar’ - because it is not a part of me. Nor do I feel the torment. Finally,
I have found peace of mind. Now, I can embrace myself for ‘who’ I am and release myself from ‘what’ I’ve gone through. I am free from the bipolar ‘identity’. I am ‘Anna’. I am ‘me’.
I realise that I have been searching for external solutions for well over half of my life. Lily and Russell have shown me how the answers lie within myself. I now understand what true freedom is… Thank you both so much.”
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