You Will Not Go Through Life Unscathed

So here's why EQ is so important...

 

First and foremost,  I suffer from Bipolar 1 Disorder, with specifiers of Mixed Mania, Rapid-Cycling, and Psychotic Features… you may know this as manic-depression.

 

The reason I'm open about my mental disorders is that I aim to remove the stigma and false belief those who have mental illnesses are a burden to themselves and/or society. You're not a burden and you're not alone...

 

What these "specifiers" mean is, I experience episodes of depression and mania at the same time, on top of auditory and visual hallucinations (depending on the severity) with just a splash of delusions. This is known as psychosis.

 

Add on the fact I go through these waves 4 or more times a year… pretty much all day, every day I’m in my feels.

 

Yes, I know that is a lot to throw out there, but it is what it is and those are the cards I was dealt with.

 

Know there’s no need to be concerned or panic because I developed a system to help keep these things controlled. They aren't necessarily gone but more managed and highly monitored by myself and 3 therapists.

 

By being consistent with a:

 

  • Psychiatrist (MD/DO) for Medication Management

  • Mental-Health Counselor for Family Therapy (and a)

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist for Helping with My Mood Swings (and past trauma)

 

 I’ve learned the proper techniques and strategies to control my mental disorders. Yes, I have multiple...

 

Mind you, I control my disorders as opposed to letting them control me - I have bipolar disorder; I’m not bipolar.  

 

Although I had no control over whether I could or could not get these illnesses, what I can do is control the outcome of how my lowest lows and highest highs affect me.

 

I will say there are some days that are better than others and there are other days I feel on top of the world, but when you think about it, that’s life.

 

It’s a constant roller coaster and if there’s one thing I’ve learned by co-existing with these disorders is how life operates the same way. It never stops and is full of twists, turns, and sudden drops.

 

Even though there are times where I feel like I have no meaning in the world, I look back at the lives I’ve helped change to keep me going. 

 

Not for them, but for myself so I can do bigger and better things and give hope to those who are in similar boats as I am.

To which I advocate for you to reach out for adequate mental healthcare as it’s helped me greatly through the toughest times.

 

Also, if you are struggling with bipolar disorder or know someone who is struggling here are links to FREE informative resources... the International Bipolar Foundation and MedCircle. It's important for you to be educated as a patient, friend, and/or family member because, without understanding, you will never be able to develop your emotional intelligence.

 

Instead of thinking that depression, anxiety, and other disorders are disgraceful qualities in a person, believe they are a frame of mind that every person experiences at one point in their life.

 

In some cases, it's just more consistent than others. There's nothing wrong with having them - what's wrong is if you let them define you and control your actions, in my opinion of course.

  • In life, everyone will experience the loss of someone significantly close to them.

  • In life, everyone will feel so overworked and stressed, they worry themselves into a panic attack.

  • In life, everyone will fall into a state of depression due to various factors and feel so hopeless they wish to cease existing.

 

You, dear reader, could be the reason those who feel this stay here on Earth with us. Without emotional intelligence, we are no better than savage beasts. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Cristian Gray

Location: DFW Metroplex

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