What is one of the most comfortable settings in a classroom for someone with bipolar?
I have thought long and hard about how to answer this question. So I decided that I will go with the setting of high school.
I did not know that I had Bipolar disorder in high school. I knew I had something wrong with me, but I couldn’t tell you what it was at the time. I found out that I have Bipolar disorder in my twenties.
One thing that mattered to me is where I sat. I sat in the front of the room where I could pay attention without distraction. I was able to block noises from other students behind me and focus better on my schoolwork. A couple of the teachers I had were very compassionate about this, but some others were not. In my senior year I had more teachers that understood my need for the front of the room.
Also, the teachers make a big difference. I had two teachers that knew something was wrong so they were very supportive when I was ‘off’. I may not have finished my work on time but they were lenient with me and I think that’s important. I was also raised in an abusive home so my life was filled with constant fear. I focused on school to get my mind off of my home life.
I would encourage you to find a place in the room that makes you comfortable. Let your teacher know you need a certain seat. Some teachers will comply with it. Others will blow it off and that’s when we just have to deal with it. I didn’t like that one bit.
Also, some teachers would play quiet music during seat work which was quiet time and that helped to soothe my inner soul. I could focus better and calm myself, too. I would hope that some of today’s teachers would be up to date on the issues of mental illnesses amongst our high school students.
One thing I found out is that I had to advocate for myself so I could get what I needed. Educate yourself on your disease so you can educate others.
Knowledge is power and can be used at times for your benefit.
If you are having trouble with your settings in the classroom then I encourage you to talk with your teachers. If your teachers don’t respond then I suggest you talk with a guidance counselor. That is what guidance counselors are for. It is their job to help you be successful regardless of your circumstances.