Bipolar With A Side Of ADHD


For years I have lamented on my short attention span.  It can make life very frustrating.  I have problems finishing things . . . ok, it’s more than a problem.  And, I tend to lay stuff down while my thoughts are elsewhere and then I can’t find what I did with said stuff.

This morning I woke up feeling so very motivated.  I managed to give Daisy Doodle a bath (long overdue), pop in the refills for the Airwick warmers, cook dinner and start a load of laundry.

Then, the short attention span kicked in.  It started with thinking about changing the layout of my blog . . . which morphed into reading an article about apps that help organize your life . . . which morphed into knowing that I really needed to do today’s post.

As I cursed the ADHD, I realized that maybe it and my bipolar could somehow be related.  And guess what?  It very well could be.

ADHD and bipolar tend to share a lot of symptoms.  It’s the reason why a lot of people are not properly diagnosed as bipolar for quite some time.  And, up to 70% of people who are bipolar (diagnosed) are also diagnosed with ADHD.  That’s pretty intimidating.

When I first got the right diagnosis for bipolar, I was put on medication and sent to see a therapist.  I was clinically depressed.  I thought that the therapist would teach me how to navigate through life on a day-to-day basis with bipolar.  Kind of like a how-to class on what to do every day.  Guess what?  Therapy isn’t always like that.  At then end of my sessions with the therapist, I walked away feeling ok overall, but also feeling like I had no plan for what to do.

To be honest, I think that a lot now.  It just seems like there should be a book.  A “do this, do that, then do that” guide for each day.

The closest I could come was some fairly general instructions:

  • Take your medications. . . all the time!
  • Go to therapy or a support group.
  • Keep your life structured.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Do not isolate yourself.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs.
  • Set a regular sleep schedule.

These are all great pieces of advice (for a lot of things in life) but they are just so vague.  They always say that when you set goals, you need to be specific.  Eating better is too vague.  Setting a goal to eat 2 servings of veggies each day is much better.  I need a guide like that in my life . . . a very detailed guide.  A day-to-day checklist.

Who am I kidding?  I’d either lose the guide or lose interest in it almost immediately.

Peace, Love & Lost In My Thoughts

Hoosier Barn Chick

5 thoughts on “Bipolar With A Side Of ADHD”

    1. I’m sure it probably has something to do with the wiring in our brains. At some point, when I have the attention span, I’m going to look into that. LOL!

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