14. Part One: Friendships & Bipolar Disorder – Distressed to Joyful; Bailey’s Way
I really hope that this episode was informative and helpful to you! Whether you’ve got a friend who has bipolar disorder or not, the information given was designed to help everyone understand healthy friendships and learn how to navigate through them. And if you’re like me and have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I hope that you can pass this episode along to your friends in order to help strengthen your relationships with them. 🙂
As the digital world continues to soar upwards, I personally think that it’s affecting our ability as a society to empathize as well as connect with others on a deeper level. Cell phones can be very distracting and actually take away from being able to live in the present – especially with ever-so-popular social media finding more and more ways to steal our attention. Brene Brown has mentioned time and time again that loneliness is very dangerous and that more people are dying from loneliness these days than from actual physical health issues (like heart disease). This is why maintaining healthy friendships is SO important! Check out the following links from this episode for more information:
- For a list of wonderful books to read (including many by my fav – Brene Brown), check out My 2019 Reading List.
- To learn more about effective communication, check out this article.
- Need help developing good communication skills? Click here.
- I mentioned two books at the beginning of the show – Becoming by Michelle Obama and You Can If You Think You Can by Norman Vincent Peale.
- This is a bonus, “add-on” for ya! This is a bit of a heavy documentary, but I highly recommend you check out The Social Dilemma (found on Netflix) to learn more about how social media is affecting our society on a whole new, wild level. Again, this is heavy so prepare yourself before diving in!
Don’t miss next week’s episode – Part 2: Romantic Relationships + Bipolar Disorder – where we dive deep into how it IS ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE for those with bipolar disorder to love and be loved romantically and healthily.
Until next time… Take it easy, stay grateful and be joyful!