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Bipolar Disorder, like other mental health and neurological conditions, is not something you might recognize right away.
Steve Bell didn’t recognize it until midlife.
When he did recognize it and accept that Bipolar Disorder was part of his neurology, his quality of life improved.
You, too, can improve your quality of life when you recognize and accept yourself, including your neurological or mental health conditions.
Steve was a successful insurance agent, running his own business for many years. When he became unemployed, the financial stress triggered symptoms he didn’t recognize. The stress and the symptoms spiraled out of control, leaving a wake of unintended consequences.
Today, Steve’s life has turned around. Over the last 8 years, he has coached hundreds of people to get their lives back after debilitating struggles with uncontrolled mental health symptoms.
Whether you’re just discovering your mental health or neurological conditions, or you’re in the process of doing so, his advice can serve you. I’m so excited for you to listen and enjoy.
In This Episode You’ll Learn:
The symptoms of Bipolar Disorder that he experienced (before he knew it was Bipolar Disorder)
delusions of grandeur
loneliness, isolation, anger
manic symptoms – speaking very fast, thoughts racing, making cognitive connections between things that other people don’t make
problems with memory – forgetting things
difficulty thinking things through
tendency not to think about or consider others’ feelings
strongly goal focused, feeling that you know best, and no one else does
you’re angry at yourself after the highs and the decisions that you made
How and why he transitioned from being a successful insurance agent with Allstate to now helping people with mental conditions live fuller lives
Steve Bell’s work background
How stress can intensify and worsen all these symptoms (financial, interpersonal)
How early childhood trauma can contribute to creating conditions
How Steve was able to get help, a diagnosis, and his recovery process
The role of psychotherapy, medications, support groups, and online education
About psychiatric rehabilitation: “It’s goal is to enable individuals to compensate for or eliminate functional deficits, interpersonal barriers, and environmental barriers created by the disability, and to restore ability for independent living, socialization, and effective life management (including vocational and educational skills)” (definition given by Steve Bell)
The spectrum of work
Being the best grandmother, or being the best parent possible
Going back to school
Part-time paid employment
Full-time employment in a different type of position or field
Beautiful analogy of psychiatric rehabilitation team approach – you’re the astronaut, and you need a support team to get you to the moon. Every support team member plays a role, but you are the central piece of the journey.
www.griffinhammis.com(full-service consulting firm that helps providers and other interested parties create economic opportunities for people with disabilities)
poppinjoes.comA website of a successful businessman, Joe, who lives in KY and is autistic. His business was born with the help of his family and the consulting firm listed above. His story was featured a few years ago in USA Today.
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