Julie offers up her unique blend of practical bipolar disorder management skills long with an honest take on what it’s like to have a panic attack and still keep moving forward in life.
Many people with bipolar disorder experience anxiety. Panic attacks are a form of anxiety that affect a person physically as well as mentally. Julie recorded this video while she was having a panic attack and shares what she does in the moment to keep herself moving forward in life, even when her bipolar disorder symptoms are raging.
You can learn to do that same. It’s never easy and it takes time to recognize what is happening, but you can learn to manage this illness.
A note from Julie: It’s hard to be honest with viewers as to what life is really like with this illness. I want my videos to be perfectly staged! Gorgeous and life changing! But if I wait for that to happen, you wouldn’t see a video from me this month. I recently traveled to another country and as a result, had a lot of bipolar disorder symptoms during the trip and quite a few when I returned home to the States. My best advice is to learn what your symptoms or a loved one’s symptoms look like so that you can recognize them before they take over your life.
I’ve always had panic attacks, but I didn’t know what they were. I used to go to the emergency room because I thought I was actually having a heart attack! My breath got short, my heart pumped and I had severe pain in my ribs. I learned that this is what anxiety feels like for me, and now when the symptoms show up, I know what to do. I don’t like having panic attacks and I can usually keep away from the triggers than lead to them, such as internet dating! But sometimes life just makes my anxiety show up full force. I hope we can learn from each other about this illness. Sharing our stories in the moment and focusing on how we get through our symptoms with grace and beauty is the secret. At least it is for me!
via bpHope – bp Magazine Community