Pulling Out of a Tailspin - The Bipolar Question of the Week

John McManamy Health Guide
  • It’s happened to all of us: Life overwhelms us. Our brains respond by running away or by shutting down. Heaven help if we’re in a public place. Heaven help if we’re at work or around loved ones. Just plain heaven help.


    Living with bipolar is a daily challenge. Each day is an adventure. Sometimes, our success lulls us into a false sense of security. Then something hits us out of the blue. Something we haven’t anticipated. Something we are not ready for.


    The chronically normal have no idea what we deal with, with our heroic efforts in dealing with it. So here we are, on the spot, feeling all sense of control slipping away.

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    Maybe you’re in a subway station, maybe a check-out line. Maybe you have been pulled over. Maybe the boss has called you into his office.


    Somehow, right now, you need to pull off a miracle, regain the controls, pull out of your tailspin, find a safe place to land.


    We’ve all done it. Millions of times. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be here. Those crashes we avoid are the ones no one ever hears about. Give yourself a pat on the back.


    Question: Those moments where you felt yourself losing control: How did you handle them? What tricks did you use? How long did it take you to recover?


    Extra credit: Feel free to describe one of your successes in detail.


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Published On: February 24, 2014