Bernie Mitchell

Author. Keynote speaker.

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Bipolar: a path to acceptance 

Table of Contents

1. What the hell is happening to me?
• recording the events


2. The nightmare of diagnosis
• i never get sick
• asthma – the beginning
• getting a second opinion
• counselling
• depression
• finding the right medication
• dealing with side effects
• erratic energy levels
• my first psychiatrist


3. You have bipolar
• blue ribbon ice cream moments
• the orange lane reflectors
• my trips to the service station
• an early morning drive
• a panic attack that changed everything
• still in turmoil


4. Hospitalisation & electroconvulsive therapy
• demystifying the ect procedure
• some immediate changes
• yet another setback
• never give up
• the highlights of 1999


5. Being 'normal' work – marriage – exercise
• a boost to my self-belief
• a financial reality check
• april fool's day
• city to surf fun run
• benefits of exercise on mental health
• a word about my childhood
• my teen years
• a budding professional career
• my first business


6. The importance of earning an income
• being your absolute best
• keeping in the faith
• september 11, 2001
• taking charge
• believe in your ability to succeed


7. A home, a business & a family
• real estate: a home, a career, and a business
• we're having a baby
• and, then there were four
• taking preventative action


8. No regrets by sam mitchell
• for better or worse
• when did i realise bernie had bipolar?
• understanding the effects of bipolar
• bernie's remarkable qualities
• is there anything he's not good at?
• the life we always wanted
• our future is bright


9. The role i play by sam mitchell
• choosing the right support group
• a positive can-do attitude
• long-term plans are important
• my promise
• seeing the past as history


10. Regaining a sense of freedom
• keeping bipolar in perspective
• moving past the fog
• knowing my invisible enemy
• self-knowledge isn't always easy
• tapping into the knowledge of others
• sharing the knowledge
• the importance of empathy


11. The stigma of mental illness
• you don't choose to become bipolar
• overcoming prejudice
• treating myself like an outcast
• being a burden
• social responsibility


12. Further insights into bipolar
• some of the subtle signs of bipolar
• listless persona
• avoiding social interaction
• blending in and looking normal
• general anxiety disorder
• resistance to medication
• other physical problems
• black dog institute
• awareness
• being honest


13. The diagnosis
• it's for life
• two types of bipolar
• put a diary together
• being open with people
• understanding your diagnosis
• becoming a master watchman


14. Your professional bipolar management team
• where to start?
• personal acceptance
• what makes a doctor so important?
• building a relationship
• being dual managers


15. What happens after a session with your doctor?
• call on a friend
• preparing for the worst-case scenario
• community support services
• managing anxiety


16. Keep active & stay focused
• a daily plan
• breakfast
• exercise
• lunch
• power nap
• hobby
• evening
• getting a good night's sleep


17. Tips for managing bipolar
1. professional healthcare team
2. support network
3. managing expectations
4. long-term planning
5. celebrate achievements


18. Tips for personal success
6. being aligned with your life partner
7. self-management
8. time management
9. keep fit
10. quality time with friends & family


19. Tips for professional success
11. being focused & goal oriented
12. desire to succeed
13. leadership & taking responsibility
14. commitment & work ethics
15. learning


20. I accept bipolar
• acceptance is the path to freedom
• it's your life


 

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