10. Don’t play the blame game.
Addressing the issue of blame is really quite simple: Bipolar disorder has a biological origin, so it is nobody’s fault. There are no culprits, other than genetics and fate, so there’s no room for finding fault with yourself or others.
Blaming weighs you down and distracts you from working toward wellness. Don’t beat yourself up or attack others; instead, focus on treating the illness and getting on with life. If you have to point fingers, point them forward in the direction of recovery.
If you’ve read this far, you must have decided that you do indeed want to get better. Whether you have just been diagnosed or you have dealt with bipolar disorder for years, success starts with having the right perspective.
It is important to keep in mind that you have more than a diagnosis. You have a destiny, and you can still realize all the dreams you ever had. Sure, it takes courage to move on with your life, but courage is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
Bipolar disorder is only as limiting as you allow it to be, so do not let it hold you back. Bipolar disorderdoes not define your life: You do.