Does religion help you cope or hurt you in your treatment for bipolar disorder?
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I have struggled with my Faith. Sometimes good old Jesus and Bible have helped me and prayer. Other times it has hurt me. Spiritually has sometimes helped me and hurt me. I have had religious delusions so its a tricky thing. I do believe in a good force up there that is always good no matter what I am going through. That has helped me through some very tough times. Now when I need to I just talk to it about anything on my mind and ask for help. If nothing else it lightens the load in my head because I believe something good up there heard it. That loves me no matter what I say. Along with medication and therapy and hobbies it brings me some peace. What has been your experience?
@laurie3jean Hello laurie3jean, thank you for starting this discussion. This is an interesting topic, as religion can play an important or even a changing role in our lives as we age. Let me tag some other members who can maybe weigh in and share their experience.
Hello everyone, I hope you're doing well! How has faith or religion (or an absence of either) played a role in your life with bipolar disorder? Has it had a role at all? Do you feel it has helped you or hurt you? Why or why not?
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*We may all come from different backgrounds and faith or belief systems, so let's remember to be respectful as it can be quite personal!*
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When I am in distress I usually arm myself with my religious jewelry. I wear a "chai" along with a masuza, and jewish star. This makes me feel safer and I often hold the necklaces for even more comfort.
Religion helps me, so does reading my Bible, and prayer. Faith is a big part of my life! I get into 'moods' at time, but then I pray. Sometimes, it helps...
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I personally had a negative experience with religion growing up and my childhood traumas may have contributed to my disorder. So I avoid it. To each his own I guess.
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