2. Don’t define yourself by your illness.
Focusing so much on your symptoms at the expense of ignoring all that makes you unique makes no sense. You need to keep things in perspective and be realistic. Granted, having a mental illness is not easy, but the solution is not to reduce your worth as a person to the illness itself and let bipolar disorder become the sole focus of your life.
You can maintain your self-esteem by putting your illness in its proper context. Having a diagnosis doesn’t mean that you have to discount all your dreams. You are more than your moods. Neither triumphs nor tribulations change the fact that you are a valuable, worthwhile person simply because you exist.