Hey there, Yuki. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. To start off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Yuki, a 20-something California dude who just recently was diagnosed with bipolar.
What led up to your bipolar diagnosis?
Well, all the way back in the fall of 2016, I started attending university. During that semester, I basically locked myself in the room and couldn’t get motivated to do anything.
My roommate dragged me to classes and finally got me to the counselor, who diagnosed me with depression. Fast forward 6 months, and I’m finally starting antidepressants.
Unfortunately, those had wicked side effects, like massive loss of self preservation and a spike in doing illegal things that I would never normally do, that pointed towards me needing to see a full fledged psychiatrist, who diagnosed me with bipolar.
What’s it like living with bipolar disorder?
Living with bipolar is... interesting to say the least. It has definitely opened my eyes to a whole new world and has shattered my stereotypes of people with mental illnesses. It also has connected me with people who I thought I had nothing in common with.
Ultimately though, not much has changed aside from needing to take medicine every day.
What does your daily care or routine look it, when it comes to bipolar disorder?
My daily routine is strict, it’s the only way I can be sure that someone else will know somethings wrong.
Basically, I wake up at 7 am (8 on the weekends), heading to work, and coming home to relax.
Simple things like showering every day, making sure my house is clean, and just going for a walk around the neighborhood go a long way to boost my mood.
I know you mentioned that medication helps. What advice do you have for those who are scared to take medication?
Medication is a huge help. I’d suggest it for people who’ve tried changing their diet, being more active, and taking vitamins already but haven’t seen a change. It takes time to get the dosage right, but ultimately it does nothing but help.
What misconceptions about medication do you think is out there?
I think a lot of people have the misconception that doctors want to force medicine on you, or that it’s a cure-all.
Doctors don’t get any benefits if you go on medicine, they simply think that is the best way for you to get better.
Also, if you start taking medicine but don’t make an effort to change what you do and what you eat, then nothing is going to change.
Medicine only gives you the ability to choose.
What led up to you feeling like you should be on medication?
What led me to believing I needed to be on medication was the fact that nothing else helped. I tried diets and exercise and support groups until a former teacher told me that he thought I might need medication. That was all I needed, but I know for some people life’s more difficult than that.
Is there anything else that helps you?
It’s important that we all know we’re not alone. There’s someone out there who knows what you’re going through and wants to help you be the best you can be, so don’t be afraid to reach out. Being weak isn’t a bad thing. Weakness is a sign that you want to move forward, and moving forward will lead you to be someone you never thought you could be.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with us, Yuki! Yuki#3812 is a member of the House of Misfits mental health Discord.