Concepts that are essential to self-help, according to Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland:
- There is hope. It is only when you feel and believe that you are fragile and out of control that you find it hard to move forward.
- It’s up to you to take responsibility for your own wellness.
- Education is a process that must accompany you on this journey.
- You must advocate for yourself to get what it is you want, need, and deserve.
- Support is essential.
Source: Copeland, M.E. (2002). The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression (2nd Ed.). Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
I wish that someone had told me these five things the very first time that I experienced symptoms of bipolar disorder. I kind of want to have them printed on a card that will fit in my wallet so that I can remind myself of these concepts when needed and even share this knowledge with others that may benefit from it. I was going to talk about which aspects I think are the most important, but they are equally crucial. What do you think? Is there anything that you would add to the list?