Bipolar & The Importance Of Faith

Faith and spirituality—whether formal or informal, and regardless of doctrine— can be an immense source of strength and comfort when dealing with the highs and lows of bipolar.

Marja B. found God at her public library.

Born into a Christian family, she went to Sunday School because it was expected. As a teenager, she turned her back on religion. By the time she turned 40, with a recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder after two decades of uncontrolled symptoms, she was ready for a spiritual quest. So she went to the library.

“I looked up ‘God’ in the card catalog and found some books,” recalls Marja. “I thought, ‘OK, I can believe this. Now what?’ Then I got a hold of a [the old testament] and it was like God was something completely new to me. I could see the truth in so many things I read. I just reached out and had to surrender.”

Faith and spirituality—whether formal or informal, and regardless of doctrine— can be an immense source of strength and comfort when dealing with the highs and lows of bipolar. Faith traditions provide a message of hope, a blueprint for living and a way to interpret the world, which can bring a sense of control and serenity when times are tough.

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