Bipolar, Racing and Recovery – From the Desert to Self-Management
Justin Peck – Salt Lake City, Utah, is a professional off-road race car driver for the Lucas Oil Series, owner of RaceProTech racing team and Gear 49 Motorsports Nutrition, and author of his memoir, Bulletproof. In this CBJ/101 interview, he reports on challenges with self-management and bipolar recovery.
He is a back to back series champion in off-road motorcycles, four-time USRA series champion, and a national winner and third overall winner in The Challenge of America’s series. He has a long and extensive racing career spanning 27 years and takes the competitive nature of his career very seriously.
Bipolar and Racing
“Living with a mental health disorder like bipolar and battling addiction, I find ways to keep my mind in the game of life. I attempted suicide and lived to tell about it, and am glad I’m here. Racing is my drug. I need to balance my enemies with what I love. Nutrition and eating right are part of my fuel, just as staying on top of my medications and noticing mind changes has led to the success of my every day.”
Justin tells us at CBJ/101 exactly how it is living on the receiving end of mind challenges, and how he approaches the reality of returning to his own form of self-management, racing in the desert of Baja.
Details on Justin’s Perspective
Justin Peck gives insight to a life full of pain, struggle and the perseverance required to overcome it all. He an inspiration for those suffering from the pain of suicidal thinking, the constant waves of bipolar disorder, and the depression that comes from any state of mental illness. His story has the power to inspire anyone looking for the light at the end of the dark tunnel that everyday life can become with tangles of moods and mind.
Pulling from his experiences as an entrepreneur and off-road motorsports superstar, Peck draws parallels between the fears and struggles of guiding his 4,000 pound, 800 horsepower truck around competitors in the desert and simultaneously guiding his life between phases of mania and depression.
Fear And Evolution
When asked how he was able to turn fear into fearlessness Peck replied, “It took me until I was 22 or 23 before I realized that my opinion matters and that I had the power over myself vs. others over me. I learned that once I had the control over my emotions and feelings, the constant ‘being picked on’ moments started to vanish.”
Peck believes that, as a mental health advocate who thrives on giving the bipolar community a new voice, he has a responsibility to share his struggles, successes, and healing with the teen and young adult communities who may be suffering from depression and waves of emotions and feelings that they can’t explain.
As he shares experiences of learning to deal with the challenge of bipolar disorder, you may find the strength and courage to live and enjoy life a little more each day.
Justin Reports From Edge Here at CBJ/101
- Growing up I knew that I was kind of a goofy kid, and bullied [5:23]
- One morning I put the gun to my head and pulled the trigger [6:23]
- You don’t like the term illness, and neither do I [9:02]
- I’ve been auto racing for about 27 years now [15:52]
- Details on the Baja run and bipolar [17:28]
- After the race, even two weeks after, you can drop hard [23:17]
- I take my recovery message to speak at university campuses [27:30]
- I tell audiences about overcoming bullying [30:34]
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Justin’s Website and References:
- Bulletproof – Justin’s Memoir – Global Amazon Link
- Overcoming Bipolar Disorder: A Comprehensive Workbook for Managing Your Symptoms and Achieving Your Life Goals, 2009 by Mark Bauer & Evette Ludman – Global Amazon Link
- Suicide attempts in bipolar patients – An Abstract (PMID:11780877) Europe PMC
- Bipolar Disorder and Suicide, by David Oliver – Article
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102 George M. Bright, M.D., is Medical Director of a private multispecialty practice in Midlothian, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond. His practice focuses on the commonplace but often misunderstood and mistreated challenges of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder combined with recovery challenges in Addiction medicine. He treats children as young as 5, and patients all the way to adulthood. His mission: provide educational support, counseling, psychological testing, and medical management. In addition, he serves as medical director for an outdoor therapeutic program now in operation for thirty years. Dr. Bright shares his experience mastering the structural complexity of that controversial interface between potentially addictive substances and addiction recovery.
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