Also, a special note to Blondzila: thank you so much for your caring comments these past few days. I don’t really know what to say. Funks like these happen all the time. Sometimes they’re more serious and some times they’re not. Oftentimes they’re a symptom of my frustrations more so than they are of my bipolar disorder.
Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that the more dangerous things for people like me (i.e. folks with bipolar disorder) is not really getting into funks at all. My parents and loved ones, God bless ’em, used to be notorious for seeking out the tiniest little down I was having and begin asking me about my medications. That wasn’t really all that helpful. It often made me feel like I should’t be getting into downs at all, and funks were failures rather than obstacles.
Of course, that’s pretty ridiculous. Ups and downs are very normal; people without bipolar disorder get into funks all the time. That’s why I think the more dangerous thing is how we (folks with BPD) respond to the funks we get in.
In terms of emotional self-care, preventing unwanted feelings is far less important than responding appropriately to them. Learning to react to your own ups and downs in a way that benefits you is a skill everyone, bipolar or not, would do themselves well to learn.
I’m still learning, and it helps me to do the beneficial thing a lot when I hear the kindness and caring of people like you. So, again, thanks. :)