I’m Bob Krulish and I have learned to live well with Bipolar (Type I) Disorder and I’ve been teaching others how to do the same for the past several years. My secret? Education is my secret weapon against this illness. I found that the more I knew about my illness, the better I got. So I poured into dozens of books and hundreds of research papers to learn everything I could about it.
Now I share my hard-fought lessons learned as an individual who lived with undiagnosed bipolar disorder until the illness robbed me of all I held dear – a 24-year marriage, the freedom to spend time with my four children, a once-successful career, my home and any semblance of financial security – and nearly cost me my life.
After finally being properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and motivated by a desire to reconnect with each of his four children, he courageously endured years of struggle and painful lessons learned along the way to piecing both his mind, and his very life, back together. His journey includes:
- Proactively working through dozens of medication changes with his psychiatrists to determine the best med combination for him,
- Pursuing over 600 hours of therapy to discover and implement a strong combination of coping skills to reduce the impact of continuing challenges and symptoms;
- Reading literally everything he could get his hands on about bipolar disorder and how best to live well with bipolar disorder despite the many challenges it continues to present in his life;
- Connecting with others through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and ultimately serving on the Board of Directors of its local chapter and becoming a highly sought after NAMI speaker and workshop facilitator;
- Advocating for others with bipolar disorder and coaching family members on how best to reconnect and support their ill loved ones in dealing with the devastating effect the illness has on his or her life; and
- Last, but certainly not least, founding bobkrulish.com to expand his reach of all he has to offer, including a strong understanding of clinical research devoted to both the individual and family support of the individual, with the hope that the lives of others might somehow be served by his own painful struggle and success with the illness.
“For all that this illness has ripped from my grasp – a 25-year marriage, an intact family, a successful career, financial security, and many friends – it has given me a potent way to help others. For this, I am deeply grateful. It is my hope that the pain I have experienced will become your gain, and that my hard-fought discoveries can become yours through the work we do together.”
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