I haven’t been posting as I’ve been dealing with some personal struggles. And as anyone with multiple diagnoses can attest, sorting out which symptom comes from what ailment is always fun. Add the potential side effects from the meds we take to manage said issues, and confusion becomes the order of the day.
I have recently learned that a lot of the side effects I was attributing to the meds are actually due to the C-PTSD. Which changes a lot. And makes more sense.
I recently started seeing a therapist that specializes in trauma and stress. Because it interests me, and I read a lot about it, she’s been patiently explaining the biology behind what’s going on.
And when you take bipolar and C-PTSD and put the symptoms side by side there’s a lot of overlap. So how does one figure out what the hell is going on?
For me it’s learning how to be mindful. Multiple check ins during the day. Learning my body’s nuances as I learn to recognize what I’m feeling and why. It’s an ongoing lesson with an ever changing learning curve. But with mindfulness, diligence, and a support system who can help you recognize what’s going on, it is possible to not only cope but thrive. The key is to stick with it. If you do you’ll learn to recognize and, eventually, manage your symptoms and achieve balance and live well.