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Posted on 12/18/18 1:44 PM
Hi friends from a country far away I would like to ask people who suffer from bipolar disorder how they succeed in bearing loneliness, that, unfortunately, is a characteristic of our disease. Thank you
Beginning of the discussion - 12/19/18Bipolar disorder and loneliness https://www.carenity.us/forum/other-discussions/living-with-bipolar-disorder/loneliness-in-bipolar-people-631
Posted on 12/19/18 4:38 AM
@Happyness what country are you from?
I think the key in struggling with loneliness is known our mental and physical limits, and acknowledging and appreciating them, but not to be afraid to push them and see if we cannot widen our limits, but at the same time being sure to not overdo it. As we know, overdoing it can cause us to spiral out.
Posted on 12/19/18 5:21 AM
Posted on 5/30/19 4:11 AM
@Happyness I feel lonely too. I am diagnosed with bipolar. I have a difficulty making genuine connections/friendships with others... do you have that difficulty also?
Posted on 6/1/19 1:37 PM
Posted on 9/3/19 2:42 AM
Hi. I'm a french man living in Provence and bipolar for 20 years. Loneliness has been very difficult in the beginning of my disease, specially after first stage in hospital. Because the sight of my family and friends had changed due to my illness. First step and very difficult one was to accept myself as a bipolar. After that, I met a lot of people when I practized new activies : homeless feeding, teaching maths lessons, walking in the hills and writing books. Today, I'm not alone any more. I passed from loneliness to great happiness...
My last book "Profundity of bipolar" (amazon.com) relates my (sometimes funny) adventures as a bipolar. I also give advice on the ways to control state of mind. Finally, It's a profund reflection about bipolar disorder.
Posted on 9/5/19 2:33 AM
@PhilippeBARATIER great recommendations. I am glad to see you have made so much improvement since your diagnosis 20 years ago. Thank you for sharing!
Do you feel writing also helped you deal with the feeling of loneliness?
Posted on 9/5/19 1:53 PM
Writing is an excellent therapy. During crisis, I often write and that is a mean to become more peaceful. Sometimes, it is too difficult because the flow of ideas is so intense that you have not enough time to write the first idea and the second is already there. But in these cases, I store my ideas in a corner of my computer and I come back to it when my mind is more calm.
Writing is also a way to sort the ideas, to go further in the best ones and also to know oneself better. From this point of view, bringing you in a better acceptance of yourself, it facilitates contacts and exchanges with other people. Outgoing from loneliness begins by a good acceptance of oneself. This is well-known in asiatic philosophy...
Are you a bipolar too, Lee_R?
Posted on 6/23/20 6:14 PM
I've struggled with this feeling of loneliness for so long. It's a weird sort of loneliness because I'm surrounded by family and friends but I still feel alone. Does anyone else feel this way?
Posted on 12/28/20 3:22 AM
@magicpamela... Im a new widow...i feel lonely all the time. Being bipolar doesnt help. My son and i talked sbout iy today...he says he understands but im not sure he does. I miss being with people and talking to someone. Its hard... If you find a way out let me know...