Hi, this is Samantha from the mental health blog My Bipolar Mind. It is incredibly easy to look at mental illness as a curse with no cure, but trying to look at your mental illness as a blessing in disguise is where things can become a bit more challenging.
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 18 long years ago – when I was just 14-years-old. Everything I know now about bipolar disorder comes from experience, research, and learning about how other’s deal with this disorder. I am not the same young woman I was when I was first diagnosed; I am not even the same woman that I was a year ago. Having come so far, I have learned some valuable life lessons
I am More than the Disorder
What I have learned is that I am not my disorder and that it is only a part of who I am.
Over the past year, I have had some amazing things happen that have caused me to look at my bipolar disorder as a blessing in disguise. I run a mental health blog where I can help others, and I also just had my first book, My Bipolar Mind: You’re not alone, published. These two events have entirely changed my perspective on my mental health. I no longer feel like I am cursed; I feel a bit freer inside my mind than before too.
One thing that I understand now is that people who deal with mental illness tend to be very gifted artistically. I now feel that without my disorder, I would not have achieved some of the great things in life that I have today. There would be no blog and no book. Also, I would not be able to help others by sharing my own story. In these ways, my bipolar disorder is a true blessing.
Getting Through It: Try to Stay Positive
If you have been diagnosed with any mental health condition, it is not the end of the world. This I can promise you, as I explain in My Bipolar Mind.
Instead, try to look at it as a new chapter in your life that has yet to be written. It is a blank slate. I know that at times, this is much easier to say than do. But trying to remain positive about something that is life changing can and will help you achieve much more in life than looking at things from a negative perspective. If I can look at my disorder as a blessing in disguise, so can you!
About the Author of My Bipolar Mind
Samantha Steiner is an author, freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate. She runs the mental health blog MyBipolarMind.com. Her new book, My Bipolar Mind: You’re not alone, is now available on Amazon.