And now we're going to toss it over to Bipolar Expert Answers Lisa Sundstedt. Lisa?
Hi! Welcome back to Bipolar Expert Answers. I'm your host Lisa Sundstedt. I'm not bragging, but I happen to be bipolar. Thank you.
I'm sitting here in the studio today with psychiatrist, Dr. Marianne Gillow.
Doctor, I have a question here from Lkornita who says, "I was just diagnosed yesterday as bipolar. I think my family always knew, but I didn't.
I've been diagnosed with depression for years and hypothyroidism, but I always thought my raising thoughts and being sad was normal. It sounds so bad. Is it bad?
Can anyone give some advice on how to deal with it?" I don't think being -- personally being bipolar is not bad.
It's not so bad.
Because you can treat it. When I'm on my medication, I'm very high functioning. I'm really creative. I'm funny. I'm obviously very attractive.
Bipolar disorder, it may have a downside, but it also has an upside. I'll go with the downside first, but I want to make sure to emphasize some positive here, too.
The downside is that bipolar disorder can be a lot of work. You're going to have to build a good relationship with your doctor. Learn about medications.
Learn about treatments and find what is right for you, so that you can have a normal lifestyle and get done what you want to get done out of your life. It's eminently possible.
And also, I just want to add that it helped me a lot to write about it. And since it's so new, you're just diagnosed yesterday, you might want to –
you know I used -- I'm a comedienne, so I use it as ways to be creative.
And so, you might want to get a notebook, a journal and just start writing out of your feelings and stuff and then maybe talking about it with your therapist.
That sounds like a good idea, Lisa.
And another slide that I have is that it appears that the bipolar gene maybe located on the same part of the chromosome as artistic talent and creativity.
You'll see bipolar disorder in a number of extremely intelligent individuals and successful artists.
So, yes you're welcome. And to you, dear listener, good luck.