Aleene Shirley Morgenthaler
In 2013 my life changed forever in a big way. I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. The rollercoaster ride lasted for two years with 6 hospital stays. I have now been in recovery since 2015.
“Playing the victim” is my first post because it is one of the first concepts I had to shed away for my recovery of Bipolar mania & depression. When my therapist first talked to me about this, I felt insulted. I wasn’t playing the victim – I thought. I lost ‘everything’ because my diagnosis. I lost my job, mentor, city-life, and best friend. I lost all connection to them – I thought. My therapist kept this concept into my mind to the point that I began to understand – I was playing the victim. Here’s an article that has some examples of victim playing: https://www.lifehack.org/287448/14-signs-someone-always-playing-the-victim. Most of my energy was feeling sorry for myself. It wasn’t until I took my diagnosis as a challenge in life – I can overcome with the right medication and talk therapy. All the while having an attitude: my life is beautiful with lessons I was bound to learn in order to reach a higher state of being.