Did you know that 20% of persons with bipolar disorder also have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)? Around 25% of patients with schizophrenia also have obsessive-compulsive disorders. I have bipolar disorder as well as OCD. I suffered a TBI 7 years ago (traumatic brain injury). It took me years to relearn every single ability that I currently possess, and throughout those years, I was tired of feeling like I had no control over myself. When my emotions compelled me to act, I did so. I couldn't separate myself from my thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I needed to figure out a better way to exist.
I began with a painting of mine. Logic, reality, and facts are the words. These three words formed the outside of a triangle, a triangle with various colors. The theory is that each hue represents a mood or emotion, such as how red represents passion and blue represents calm. Outside of the triangle are logic, reality, and facts, showing that although I may have started with an intense emotion, I needed to run that feeling through logic, reality, and facts to ensure that this idea is useful, intelligent, and helpful. If it's not a beneficial notion, then I don't have to use it. It may come and go as it pleases.
Previously, I couldn't choose which emotions to express. Bipolar requires you to behave without considering why you are acting in a specific way or whether this behavior is the proper action. It just wants you to respond because you are feeling something, which should be enough of a reason. It never made my life stable, and it was not the driving force behind my creativity. But it lied to me. It said I couldn't live without it. It was a part of me that was tricking the rest of my brain.
Simultaneously, I began researching natural supplements for anxiety and depression. I began taking Fish Oil capsules even before I started using Passion Flower. I take two tablets every day to help decrease my blood pressure and lessen my risk of having a heart attack or stroke (which I had after my TBI). This is where I first learned about natural supplements, and it was via them I discovered additional supplements, including several natural herbs for anxiety and nervousness.
I eventually understood what CBT was and realized that I had been using it without even realizing it. CBT is all about understanding the connection between our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It demonstrated that changing a feeling, thinking, or behavior will naturally influence the other two regions of the brain.
CBT also covers our automatic attitudes, which are ideas we aren't aware of believing in or using to justify a certain behavior or activity. Did you know that our subconscious handles around 95% of our everyday ideas? Our core beliefs originate in our subconscious. These basic concepts may have both good and negative triggers for us, but they shape who we are, what is important, and how we react to different problems in our lives.
In the coming blogs, I am going to talk about CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). I will discuss CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) and the techniques for cognitive-behavioral therapy that I have discovered. At the top and the end of each blog will be a link for a natural pill, powder, or a tea that I think is useful with CBT. Together with these natural supplements and CBT, I have a calm and capable mind.