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Reading: An Outlet for My Bipolar Emotions

Reading: An Outlet for My Bipolar Emotions


Hey guys, it’s Hannah. One major outlet for me, especially during
a depressive episode, is reading. And this took me a really long time to learn. After my diagnosis of bipolar 2 disorder,
I was diagnosed with ADHD. And reading, for me, has always been such
a challenge because sitting there and trying to focus like that was so difficult. So I had to practice and practice. And once I got into reading, I found it to be one of the most helpful things
for my bipolar disorder. Someone commented on a video recently about
having this connection to fictional characters. I totally do. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing. It’s a free, healthy place for our mind to
wander. Because when you live with bipolar disorder,
you’ve got this imagination and these vivid thoughts that can be so overwhelming. And when you can distract your mind and focus
on something else, it’s so helpful. So I just love to read anything, like I said. I love Marilyn Monroe and reading about her story. And mental health. Fiction books. Look at this, I just got so vintage from Etsy
– Ernest Hemmingway, who supposedly had a mental health condition. It really inspires me. It distracts my mind. And I truly suggest it for anyone. As difficult as it may be to focus, it’s something
to practice. And definitely self-help books have really,
really helped me. I want to hear what you have to say. Do you understand this connection to fictional
characters? Maybe while you’re reading or what books are
you reading? Do you find it helpful? Please leave me those in the comment section
below. And I will see you next week. Bye.

  • I completely understand, though sometimes I get overly attached to fictional characters lol. Aside from that, reading really helps me relax, stay grounded to reality, and on top of that, makes my brain feel a little healthier after a challenging read 🙂 Good stuff, good video!

  • thanks hannah, perfect timing with this video…i needed the reminder of the power of books because i’ve been distracted lately. right now i am reading Present Over Perfect by Shawna Niequist. i had began it from a library, but i recently purchased it and two other books from amazon – the tao te ching and the art of war.

  • I love the idea of reading, but my ADHD prevents me from finishing any type of book. I wish I had the ability to sit down, concentrate, and enjoy a good book.

  • I just finished the dark side of innocence growing up bipolar by Terri Cheney. This is the first book that I have read in its entirety in years.

  • Music and playing guitar is my primary outlet. I'm a big fan of the late Kurt Cobain from Nirvana who supposedly was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (more likely #2, since he seemed to suffer from severe bouts of depression).

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