Recently, someone who was new to the world of bipolar disorder asked me if there was a cure for bipolar disorder or if he had to live like this forever. I had to, of course, tell him there is no cure. I felt like I was telling him his dog was about to die. I felt like knowing this, he might give up.
There’s No Cure for Bipolar Disorder
Hearing that there’s no cure for the illness you have is heartbreaking. My heart broke when I learned I had bipolar disorder. My heart broke when I learned there was no cure. My heart broke when I learned about the life-long medications I have to take.
It’s absolutely, bloody heartbreaking.
Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
And let’s face it, the treatments for bipolar disorder often feel akin to hitting your head against a brick wall. They might help, they might not. They might hurt more than they’re worth, they might not. You might be able to afford them, you might not.
The treatments are a sorry excuse for a way to live a life. Especially in the beginning.
But It Gets Better
But it gets better. No, a cure for bipolar disorder doesn’t present itself, but with time, treatment is most often effective and a person can take their life back from bipolar to a greater or lesser degree. Life will never be the same again, but it will still be life. Everyday. It will still be dog walks and three-cheese omelettes and crying babies and annoying coworkers. It will still be life in all its agony and ecstasy.
Life doesn’t end with a diagnosis and life doesn’t end because there is no cure.
Eventually the bipolar disorder becomes a part of you. Dealing with doctors and treatments becomes part of your everyday life. Eventually bipolar disorder is just another part of your biography. It might be a big part, but it’s still only part.
While it can seem like the weight of reality is bearing down on you when the idea of a lifelong illness is discussed just remember – it is life-long. Life-long.