70 million people suffer from bipolar. The worst part is most people don’t know they have it and that there’s more than one type.
Sara Schley went from varsity athlete, 4.0 GPA, accepted to one of the top medical schools, to suddenly not being able to add two plus two.
She describes it like an alien had abducted her brain. Being misdiagnosed and prescribed anti-depression drugs was like poison for her. Almost driven to suicide, she knew something needed to change.
Yoga, meditation, diets, affirmations, and therapy, wasn’t enough.
It took 25 years and 5 psychiatrists to learn that she had a brain pattern called “bipolar II, on the bipolar spectrum”.
Finally getting the right treatment she experienced a life transformational shift and within three months it was like a light switch flicked back on.
As an international business consultant, she has served over 50 enterprises and 1000s of individuals including leaders such as Eileen Fisher, Nike, MIT and Ben & Jerry’s.
In her groundbreaking book BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum Sara tells her life-changing story to help end the bipolar stigma, bring new understanding, and save lives.
In this episode, Sara talks about the shame and stigma around mental health issues, how to recognize what it might look like if you or someone you love may be suffering from bipolar. She also shares about the difference between bipolar I and bipolar II, and how medication can actually help.
Also, Sara mentioned this website as a resource for learning more about mental health during the episode, and here is her website as well:
Learn more about Sara here: http://saraschley.com
Learn more about mental health at this resource that Sara mentioned: http://psycheducation.org
Get her book: BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum: https://amzn.to/3S0O1Ry
IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:
00:05:38 How Sara first found out what was going on with her
00:19:45 Signs beyond Bipolar I - Sara lays out the spectrum
00:29:55 Sara's thoughts on how people feel after they realize what their loved ones may be going through
00:36:40 What allowed Sara dig her out of the depression hole
00:42:30 The importance of establishing boundaries & recognizing your triggers
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