Journaling as an Outlet for Bipolar 2 Disorder Thoughts

Hey guys. It’s Hannah. One major coping skill in my life that really helped me after leaving the mental hospital and receiving a diagnosis of bipolar two disorder was journaling and writing in my journal. I do it on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, sometimes on a monthly basis. I think it’s important for all people with a mental health condition. I have journals from major stages of my life. I mean I’m 27 years old right now, so I haven’t had this major life experience. But from the mental hospital, which is a major one, and probably like 15 to 20 others that are filled up with inspirational quotes, stories, guys I’ve been in love with, broken hearts, how I handled it, and my journey with bipolar disorder. I always look back on them. It’s really, really had a major positive impact in my life. That’s why I suggest it to anybody as an outlet. And your story should be shared. And it’s a private way to really vent your genuine feelings; what you’re really going through. Because, even for me, it’s difficult to be vulnerable with people and really tell the closest person I am with about my mental health and this struggle and about situations – how I feel about them. A journal is like your little secret treasure box, where you can keep those and express those and get those feelings out there. Please share your thoughts. Do you have a journal? What do you put in it? Don’t say everything. You don’t have to tell me everything. But leave your comments below. and I will see you next week. Bye.

10 thoughts on “Journaling as an Outlet for Bipolar 2 Disorder Thoughts

  1. Journaling ha been perfect outlet and saviour for my crazy hypomanic or even depressed thoughts. Most of the time I don't wanna read it though… so I don't. It scares and depresses me how stupid my thinking sometimes can be with this illness 😀

  2. I used to journal , but I write some pretty scary stuff along with some stuff I'm sure I'd be pretty embarrassed by if anyone found it . I use my notes app on my iPad to write when I really need to vent though and reflect on my passages when I need to. There were times when I felt so stuck and like nothing would get better , and I look at it now like "wow"…I overcame that . Every time I get a new medicine I write about my experience as well. My therapist mentioned journaling so I might just start another one soon

  3. Journaling has been very important for me. Not only as a tool to vent, but it has very practical uses like tracking how a new med is working or reminding myself that I have made it through horrible things before. Yesterday, I used it to look up the last time the ice maker in the fridge was repaired. There's a six month gap from the time I was too sick to type anything at all. The few months before and after that are too scary to revisit.
    Lately I've noticed I use a lot more profanity in the journal, which I guess is therapeutic. 🙂

  4. Literally just discussed journaling with the psychologist today. . .mostly to get my thoughts out, but also because I have GIANT memory gaps n my childhood and don't even remember most of 2013 and 2014, so I wanna actually remember what happens to me and how I get through it.

  5. When journaling was first recommend to me, I thought how on earth is this going to help? Big deal Im writing things down. I started writing down stuff that i thought i was suppose to write down. cuz 90% of the time i have so much crap going on up there, that There was no way i was going to get it all down on paper. So it felt odd and forced. But i did it anyway. Then my therapist asked me if i ever tried free form writing. I had no idea what that was. She said it was writing without forethought. Just write what ever it is you are thinking at the time, and not to worry about putting it into sentences, or in any kind of order. No one is going to see it but me, so who cares what it looks or reads like. The object is to get the thoughts out. Now, I'm a perfectionist, so writing with no structure, felt odd and not easy. But once I got the feel of it, OMG, the stuff that just came pouring out was incredible. No holds bar…freedom via pencil! I found journaling was one of the best things I could be doing. There's always a mixed bag of thoughts and emotions all through it. And like Ryan said, some of it is to scary to go back and look at. I started a new notebook so I could put that one away. Over the past 4-5 months of doing this, I can already see a big change in myself. And I'm starting to get more adventurous with what I write. Allowing myself to go deeper in. Get down to the nitty gritty. I make no scheduling for writing. but I find I miss it if a week's gone by. Like Hannah said, it's like my secret friend. 🙂

  6. How do you get out of the loop of :

    Manic = annoying = people don't like this.

    Depressed = not annoying = people prefer me like this.

  7. Thing is that if I write stuff down and make a mistake i am prone to trashing the entire book plus when I have manic moments (I still don't believe them despite 6 shrinks and lots of meds i JUSTCAN"T be thisSICK!) my writing is unintelligble and my thoughts make no sense….but I have been trying it…thank you so much…Mike

  8. If you want to encrypt a flash drive for your journal, here's how:

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