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Bipolar Disability – What you need to know

Living with bipolar disorder can be extremely difficult, especially if you are undiagnosed. I remember they day I was diagnosed. I was only 7 years old, the doctor explained it all to me and I felt relieved that I finally had an answer as to why I was the way I was. I had extreme episodes of sadness, anger, and happiness. I felt like I had no control over my emotions, but at least now I knew why.

However, I left the doctor’s office with my mom and still felt sort of broken. I felt like someone messed up when I was being created and I just wanted to be normal. I didn’t want to have to be on pills, none of my friends were, so why was I? I had so many questions but no one had any of the answers. The pills helped keep my emotions from swinging way out of control, but I still had thoughts eating away at me and I didn’t know what to do with them.

Eventually I told my mom how I felt and she was able to find me a therapist. It was the first therapist I had ever been to and I was terrified. She was a child and adolescent therapist, so she had games and whatnot in the room. While we talked we would play games, but I was never very comfortable. I felt like she was judging me and I knew I didn’t want to tell her how I really felt. Instead, I told her what I thought she wanted to hear so that I could get out as quickly as possible. Even though I didn’t like her, my mom made me continue to go for several years. I never felt like it helped me, but my mom was happy, so I pretended to be happy too.

It wasn’t until I was 19 and moved out on my own that I was able to find a therapist that worked for me. I knew there was someone out there that could help me, I just had to find them. I ended up finding her at Kairo‚Äôs Counseling and her name is Brittany Bridges.

One of Brittany’s many specialties is helping those suffering from bipolar disorder. She has taught me new coping methods that help me keep from plunging into a manic episode sometimes. She also made me feel welcome and not at all judged. Brittany explained to me that for some people taking only pills will get their bipolar under control, but many people also need therapy to supplement the pills. Brittany has been the only one that doesn’t make me feel like a total freak for having this disorder. I know other people in the area who go to Kairo’s Counseling as well and all of them rave over Brittany. It is definitely worth giving her a shot. With a free 15 minute phone discovery, there is nothing to lose, but so much to gain. Schedule your phone discovery now using her website,