I saw my pdoc earlier this week. I told her that I was reluctant to say this, but I think I might be stable at the moment. Why am I reluctant? Because I didn’t want to jinx myself. I’m still reluctant to post this subject. Stability is weird. It feels foreign to me. I can be happy and laugh, without going overboard. I can think at a quiet pace, without my thoughts rushing ahead of me. I can be sad without being immobilized.
My doctor is also treating me with Straterra for ADD. This also appears to be helping with my focus. I don’t get up and do other things four or five times in a two paragraph email message. My thoughts are slow, compared to what I am used to. But I feel like I can finish this post without running and doing a dozen other things at the same time. Maybe that’s just called multi-tasking, but that has always been beyond me. And honestly, I don’t think multi-tasking is good for anyone. You do a dozen things at once, but do they all get done right? Doesn’t it take some focus to complete a task well? I’m so used to hyperfocusing, that I don’t even know the correct answer for those questions.
Maybe this is the time to work on me. Time to work on more core issues. Things that are too hot to touch when in an extreme state. I need to come to terms with my past, my childhood, and my mistakes. I need to learn but not mourn. This is the perfect time for CBT. I need to dig deeper into my psyche while I have the opportunity to do so without it blowing up in my face.
I am afraid. I am afraid that this plateau won’t last. Stability has only come to me in spurts: a week or two here and there. I don’t predict it lasting, although that would be nice. Or would it? I once had a therapist tell me that I have so much drama in my life because I seek drama. I never thought that I seek drama, but it always seemed to me that drama finds me. But is there a kernel of truth in there? Maybe when I was younger but I am too old for that crap now. But I do wonder… Do I know what to do with myself on a daily basis if I’m not fighting depression or mania?
I don’t call myself in recovery though, because I will never fully recover from bipolar disorder. I think of bipolar as a relapsing/remitting illness. And right now, I appear to be in remission. I don’t know how long it will last, but hopefully long enough that I don’t feel so foreign to myself. Some part of me worries – who am I without my bipolar? Am I still an interesting person? Will my friends still like me? Will I like me?
So many philosophical questions, things that can only be answered by time. I hope I don’t become so mellow as to be boring. I hate boring. But I guess it’s time to find out who I am beneath this layer of illness called bipolar.