A Conversation about Bipolar Wellness
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the International Bipolar Foundation (ibpf.org). It was a wonderful conversation, with a listening audience, about living with Bipolar Disorder and how to best maintain wellness. It was broadcast live on You Tube, Facebook and their website.
The listeners asked lots of great questions about their own journeys. I shared my story of what it has been like to be a physician living with Bipolar Disorder, touching on issues of stigma in the clinician community, faith and treatment. We discussed how best to ensure emotional and mental health, the value of being authentic and faith.
What impressed me about the audience was their commitment to remaining well. They struggle mightily against great odds, at times, and make impressive efforts to take care of themselves in impressive ways. As I spoke, I realized once again that we are a community of kindred spirits traveling the pathway of a mood-challenged life together. I received so much more from them than I gave. It once again confirmed to me that we are in this together. None of us are alone.
Here’s the conversation: