Mental Health

Indonesia
February 19, 2021 1:12pm CST
I have a mental issue (bipolar), everytime I talk about it with my significant others or my close friends, they can't understand because they can't feel what I feel. Is there anyone here who have a mental issue and how you guys expressing how you feel so your close friends could understand?
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@mythociate (17812)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
20 Feb
I'm a Traumatic Brain-Injury survivor. I think the best way to understand people and to be understood by people is to focus on things 'outside of your head.' If you do things 'because of how you feel,' people won't trust you to be reasonable; but if you do more things 'because of the way things are,' you'll gain their trust so that they can trust you to save "feelings" for when Reason won't work.
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@AngelisaQT (1247)
• United States
19 Feb
I too have bipolar, as well as other mental issues like depression and anxiety. Luckily, my significant other also has the same issues so he understands me. All you can do is describe it the best way you can to them and hope they can at least try to understand. Good luck!
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@sharon6345 (267248)
• Mt. Vernon, New York
19 Feb
I have the same condition along with a few others. I am just blessed that my boyfriend has no knowledge of it. My friends know and all of my family. My ex of 5 years did not know either. I have had hell over the years but I am blessed to be here. You will be ok.
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@ShyBear88 (43612)
• United States
19 Feb
My husband is Bipolar so I understand very well what he is feeling. Is all understands he has mood swings and some times he can’t help what he feels which is very understand typically people with mental health illiness are not understood or if they are is because they also have it or they live with them. Finding someone or a group of people is always good. Everyone’s feelings are valid
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@macayada (1382)
• Philippines
20 Feb
You should explain or elaborate further to them what is a bipolar one maybe they do not know. If they are real friends they will understand. Friends who wants you to be around in just one side of a friendship which is during happy time only are not real friends.
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@lazydaizee (2949)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb
I have heard that bipolar can be a very nasty condition. People will not understand how you feel unless they have the same problem themselves, or they know somebody else who has it.
@Fa_Maverick (6174)
• Australia
22 Feb
Depression and Anxiety but for a majority of my life, it was ignored especially when I got to being. a teenager. So I would just keep going cause no one would listen. So I need to unlearn the "you can do it you just won't cause you're lazy" that people put in my head. I wasn't allowed to be unwell, I wasn't allowed to skip school cause I was "sad", I wasn't allowed to take time out to just because it was just hormones...
@eileenleyva (22027)
• Philippines
21 Feb
Were you diagnosed being bipolar? Mood swings are typical of women who experience PMS. Quite natural actually. Don't dwell too much on the mental health. Preoccupy your self with activities that make you happy. Sleep and nap regularly. Eat healthy foods. Mingle with good and gracious people who can enhance your well-being. Pray and meditate.
@maezee (41527)
• United States
21 Feb
I haven't ever been diagnosed with bipolar but I perhaps have it, as I often have periods of being manic followed by periods of being lethargic and depressed. Part of me doesn't do anything about it, because I enjoy being manic. I get lots done. But lack of sleep and a constant stream of consciousness is really bothersome. Like, for me personally, I often can't shut my brain off. Do you take medications, and if so, do they help regulate that? I wouldn't expect your friends or family to understand per say, but you could explain to them how you are feeling, and what types of things you experience.