MBP 15. Chaos to Cured: The True Story of Defeating Bipolar Disorder with Kirk P Miller

 

 

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aul shares the mic with Kirk Miller, author of the book, Chaos 2 Cured. He is the co-host of the show, Beyond Clarity, and founder of Chaos2Cured.com. Kirk has overcome and is successfully managing Bipolar 1, OCD, Generalized Anxiety, and ADHD.

Currently, he’s coaching families, couples, and individuals to help them realize that they’re than just the diagnosis.  Listen as Kirk and Paul bridge the gap between the names of mental health issues and the actual understanding of what it might be like in the shoes of the person with that issue.

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In this episode, Paul shares the mic with Kirk Miller, author of the book, Chaos 2 Cured. He is the co-host of the show, Beyond Clarity, and founder of Chaos2Cured.com. Kirk has overcome and is successfully managing Bipolar 1, OCD, Generalized Anxiety, and ADHD.

Currently, he’s coaching families, couples, and individuals to help them realize that they’re than just the diagnosis.  Listen as Kirk and Paul bridge the gap between the names of mental health issues and the actual understanding of what it might be like in the shoes of the person with that issue.

Podcast Show Notes:

  • Introduction to The Man Bits Podcast
  • Today’s episode is about perspective
  • If you feel vulnerable, please go to com/support
  • Paul welcomes Kirk to the show
  • Kirk grew up in a small mountain town
    • At an early age, he struggled — including being in school
    • His parents started looking for answers why his behavior was off
    • He was first diagnosed with ADHD
    • High school was rough for Kirk having been diagnosed with Bipolar 1
    • He took 2 years off after high school before going to college
    • He couldn’t make it through school and dropped out
    • Kirk had a hard time admitting to himself that there’s something wrong
    • Kirk’s mom brought him to a psychiatrist even when they barely had money
    • Kirk felt less of a man when he walked through the building thinking he needed help
  • Most people, both men and women, find it difficult to admit that they need help in their situations
    • Going to a psychiatrist hit Kirk’s ego in a big way
    • When you’re dealing with any mental health issue, one of the best strategies is to bring on a family member who is stable to come with you
    • Hearing his diagnosis made Kirk furious
    • “Labels can either be negative or positive”
  • Kirk nearly died trying to find answers for himself
    • Learn to follow your doctor’s advice
  • Kirk’s research came most from the UK because there’s a stigma in anabolic steroids in the US
    • He’s used an aromatization inhibitor to cut estrogen production in his body
    • For almost 9 years, Kirk hasn’t had any manic or depressive swing
  • Kirk had divorce after becoming a totally different person when he got stable
    • He felt totally lost being stable
  • He had the skill and taught music — now he has over 150 students in his music studio
  • Looking back from a stable perspective, Kirk realized there wasn’t any holiday he didn’t “destroy”
    • In kindergarten, his bipolarity already manifested
    • The anxiety, though, manifested earlier
    • When puberty came, things just got severe — Kirk’s actions became violent
  • Kirk’s mother did almost everything to understand him
    • There was no outside factor that triggered Kirk — all his issues were just there since he was a child
  • Self-medication was a problem Kirk had with himself
  • Everything that happened to Kirk was what made him who he is today
    • “There’s always hope and people need to realize that”
    • “Being able to connect with someone else is such an important and valuable asset in life”
    • People don’t realize that there’s support waiting for them
    • Family members must understand that their loved ones just want to be heard at times
  • Kirk is a life coach and he helps people who’s going through what he did
  • Don’t lose the capacity to listen
    • “Words don’t always convey our purpose or our feelings”
    • Listening is not something men are really taught
    • Females have innate ability to listen
  • ADHD for Kirk is having a “phenomenal processor”
    • Physical contact and eye contact is great for people with ADHD
  • “There’s nobody that’s perfectly normal”
  • Kirk is a fan of neuroplasticity — a way to change the way you think
  • Don’t just look at the bad/negative side of your mental issue — look at the good/positive too
    • With mania, Kirk wasn’t conscious that something was wrong; with depression, he knew there was something wrong
    • There are positive benefits to every condition as long as you can manage it
  • Most mental issues almost have the same symptoms
  • The Middle Bits
    • What is your #1 tip in achieving kickass mind health? – “Positivity — always finding the right way to look at a bad situation or a good situation. And always reaching for your full potential”
    • What fundamental piece of advice would you tell your 15-year old self? – “Be patient with yourself and don’t try to rush towards everything that you want. Take your time and enjoy life”
    • What useful or inspiring book or resource that you could recommend to our
      Audience?
      Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World and Electroboy
    • If there’s one word to set your intention for 2018, what is that word? – “Getting a second chance and that kind of coincides with my wife”
  • Kirk wrote the book, Chaos 2 Cured, because he watched it happened in his life
    • “Cured” is not a finite word
    • Kirk used the word, “cured” when all the symptoms of his issues were gone
    • Find what’s right for you
  • Kirk shares his morning ritual
  • The very first thing to do when you feel you have a problem is to stay away from self-diagnosis
  • “Fight as hard as you can to find a great psychiatrist”
  • Be careful in selecting a doctor — you want to make sure you’re with the right person
  • Connect with Kirk on his website com
  • Join our Facebook Community
  • Send us your comments, suggestions, or feedback at info@themanbits.com
  • If you feel vulnerable, please go to com/support

Episode Takeaways:

  • It’s never easy to admit that you need help but this will always be the first step to get better.
  • Learn the art of listening to people — it’s not your advice they want all the time.
  • All things have a positive side to it — don’t always look on the negative.

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