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Transcending Bipolar-Disorder

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Vijay Nallawala, Wellness Warrior, successfully lives with Bipolar Disorder and is founder of BipolarIndia. A Mental Health Activist, his talk on BipolarIndia's WORLD BIPOLAR DAY Conference, Mumbai on March 30th, 2019 was on how can we transcend Bipolar Disorder.
We know that Bipolar Disorder is a serious Mental Illness often requiring medication over one's lifetime. However with determination, a holistic approach, focus and discipline one can conquer and transcend this illness.
Yes, recovery is possible and one can live life fully.
His talk delineated the steps needed to walk towards recovery.

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Transcending Bipolar-Disorder

  1. 1. Vijay Nallawala Founder
  2. 2. What is Recovery? • Functionality • Ability to work • Financial Self-sufficiency • Cognitive ability • All round wellness • Living life fully
  3. 3. 1. Acceptance 2. Discipline 3. Belief 4. Holistic Approach 5. Creative Expression 6. Attitude 7. Peer Support 8. Roadmap 9. Self Awareness 10. Compassion
  4. 4. Acceptance • That you have a serious Mental Illness • That it might entail medication for a lifetime • Making the emotional & psychological adjustment
  5. 5. Discipline • Medication as prescribed • Visits to Psychiatrist/ Therapist as per schedule • Avoidance: Alcohol, recreational drugs • Cooperation with family/caregivers
  6. 6. Belief • That you have the ability to cope with whatever challenges that come your way • That your troubles are temporary → Better days are in store. • That you will be able to live a life of fulfillment • Overcome → Fear of winning
  7. 7. Let’s change the narrative around mental illness.. From Mental illness to mental wellness From Mental wellness to 360 degree wellness From wellness to living life fully. The shift happens when we first have belief in the end goal.
  8. 8. Holistic Approach
  9. 9. Holistic Approach • Yoga • Exercise • Nutritious Diet • Sleep Hygiene • Creative Expression • Nature nurtures
  10. 10. Creative Expression • Writing • Music • Dance • Painting • Cooking • Gardening
  11. 11. Creative Expression • Learning new skill sets • Neuroscience of learning • Improves Cognitive function & mental well being
  12. 12. Attitude • Positive attitude makes all the difference • ‘Half Glass Full’ • Attitude of Gratitude • Self talk= Self worth
  13. 13. Peer Support Communities • Opening up is therapeutic • Non judgmental & empathetic listening • Bonding & trust • Invaluable knowledge • Greater adherence
  14. 14. Roadmap • To do lists • Weekly Goals • Medium Term Goals • Long term Vision
  15. 15. Roadmap: Mentors
  16. 16. 3 Inspiring Mentors Puneet Bhatnagar Jennifer Sertl Dr Amit Nagpal
  17. 17. Self Awareness • Self time • Spiritual quest • Connecting with higher self
  18. 18. Compassion • Self compassion • Extending to: →family →society
  19. 19. Year that was…
  20. 20. Resources Available for download on our website: www.bipolarindia.com/resources
  21. 21. Sign this Petition! www.bridgethecaregap.com
  22. 22. Online & Offline Peer Support
  23. 23. Expanding Peer Support Network • Mumbai • Delhi NCR • Bengaluru • Kolkata • Hyderabad • Kozhikode
  24. 24. Let’s Collaborate

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