Chronic Bipolar Disorder, My Story of Struggle & Healing

Bhavana Shivu,
Rochester, MN.
Session 2.

I started suffering from some strange symptoms soon after I turned 35. I tried Ayurvedic therapeutic massage, homeopathy, Love Yourself workshops (based on Louise Hay’s ideas) Ayurveda and Astrology. Having lost various jobs and leaving my husband and hoping to find happiness outside of me I continued to suffer. Finally after 10 years my symptoms were diagnosed as rapidly cycling Bipolar at Mayo Clinic, even tried Lithium, until the side-effects became overwhelming. By this time I had decided to learn to live with my symptoms. Fortunately, I came across  meditation, and this completely transformed me.

I was trained as a scientist and successfully worked at various institutes and Universities until the age of 37, with 20 papers published in peer-reviewed journals with more than 2500 citations. I am a Mother to two boys (now adults), teacher and entrepreneur. I would love to share my experiences with you all.