The Ups and Downs of Bipolar 2

EPISODE #38  November 12th, 2019

Guest: Jenny Beatrice, Director of Communications, Sisters of St. Joseph of Cardonelet

Gravity takes on extra force, and everything is a struggle: Getting out of bed. Showering. Eating. And then there’s the self-talk: I’m no good. I’m a burden. I have nothing to contribute. The lies feel like revelations. And the revelations feel like truth. Until you start to realize again how valuable you really are. And as that realization surfaces, along with the acceptance of help from family, friends, doctors, counselors, and medication, the gravity starts to lift, and you are once again able to rise from the emotional and physical weight that felt insurmountable.

Have you ever wondered what life is like for people who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder? In this episode of Mental Health Matters, Jenny Beatrice candidly shares her story, shedding light on a mental illness that is wrought with challenges as well as hope. Her honesty about how she has lived with the mood swings, that aren’t as severe as Bipolar 1 but every bit as real, gives a real-life perspective to a disease that requires understanding for all those living with it and their loved ones. Tune in as Jenny and Executive Director Tom Duff, LCSW talk about how courage, acceptance, and presence are essential in managing the ups and downs of mood disorders.