Being Quarantined as Someone who has Bipolar Disorder

Danger: Keep OutFor most, being quarantined, it is an awful thing and people can’t wait to get back to their “normal” lives.

For me, life is not that much different. Because of my depression, I stay at home and only leave the house once a week to get groceries.  I self-isolate and only have a few friends that I keep in constant contact with.

Luckily for me, I have my husband with me during this time of uncertainty.  I feel for those who are by themselves.

While manic, things would be different, but my way of dealing with bipolar disorder for the past few years is to do everything I can to not get manic.  I have been on strong anti-psychotics that seems to help for the most part.

If I were manic right now, I would probably be going crazy right now as when I am manic, I go, go, go and staying in the house would be difficult.

For me, right now, I am in a hypomanic state, thus the reason I am actually blogging.  I have not written in my blog for almost a year.  Please know that that is because of my depression.

So, in conclusion, this time of self-quaranting has actually been a  good thing for me as it has made me feel like others.  Also, in times to come, I can explain to people that I am like that most of the time and now they might understand.  “Ya know the time you were self-quarantined for months? Well, that is how I live my life.”

 

About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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3 Responses to Being Quarantined as Someone who has Bipolar Disorder

  1. tonyhurst1 says:

    Dear Michelle,

    Bless you for your fantastic post as it mirrors my feelings exactly. However, I am even in a better place than you are, as I do not have a Husband / Wife to put up with !! lol

    Your closing quote is something that I will remember forever, and also use if I may ?

    My Cats and I wish you and Mr Clark all the best for the future,

    Respectfully yours,

    Tony, HRH Princess Petwace and Maria.

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  2. I so relate with this. I’ve had people ask me how I’m doing having to stay home with the COVID19 craziness. My reply is always that I’m pretty much always in quarantine, when I’m depressed! I don’t leave my house or get out of my pajamas for that matter! So yea – nothing new here! Thanks for posting! Hope you feel better!

  3. Gertie says:

    Thank you for this post. I am grateful that you have decided to start writing on you blog once again. Covid-19 has me realizing even though I, too self isolate; I don’t self isolate as much as I thought I did. It also has me more grateful for what I have in my life.

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