15. Part Two: Romantic Relationships + Bipolar Disorder – Distressed to Joyful; Bailey’s Way
I have some nuggets of information for you, my friend! All in relation to this here episode of Distressed to Joyful; Bailey’s Way. And great news! I was able to find the name of that TV show that I could not for the life of me remember while recording. With all that being said, check out these resources listed below:
- I mentioned “positive and uncomfortable emotions” in these episode on more than one occasion… I actually found a list of them from this site while doing some research, although you should know that I, personally, do not like calling uncomfortable emotions “negative” because while it’s not fun to feel them, they are not bad.
- Want more detailed information on toxic relationships? Check out this article that defines 8 different types of toxic relationships. For those wondering, my relationship with Bob was a combination of types 1, 7 & 8. Just a reminder – I was not a healthy human being when I jumped into this relationship with him so I don’t fully blame him for everything that occurred between us. Although, I’m very thankful that I recognized his toxic behavior patterns early on and got out of the committed relationship quickly.
- Here is a great resource for anyone needing encouragement or help getting out of an abusive relationship. Please remember that abuse is not always physical. Mental and emotional abuse are still abuse and no one deserves to have to go through that.
- I used a newer term, “gaslighting”, in this episode when I was on the topic of my toxic relationship. If you’re looking for more detailed information on the subject, check out this article on Psychology Today.
- Y’all…. I have tracked down the name of that TV series that I need you to watch! It’s on Amazon Prime sooo if you don’t have access to it, I highly recommend that you hit up all of your people and see who’s account you can borrow. Modern Love, Episode 3 “Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am” has Anne Hathaway portraying a woman dealing with her bipolar disorder while trying to maintain her professional and dating relationships. The episode is actually based upon an essay written by Terri Cheney who’s dealt with bipolar disorder for most of her life. Please keep in mind that this is a portrayal of one person’s perspective while watching it. Also, check out these articles on Refinery29 and Psychology Today for more depth and insight on the episode.
Lastly… You heard me mention a sign-up link in the episode in regards to becoming a guest on the show, right? Well, it’s HERE! I’m super-duper excited to hear about your stories of overcoming life’s struggles alongside a mental health disorder. I’m also looking to interview those who aren’t directly affect, but instead have helped a loved one manager their mental health. Also, feel free to pass this information on to anyone you know who would be a great candidate to interview. 🙂
Until next time… Take it easy, stay grateful and be joyful!