Are You Living with Bipolar Disorder? Know Someone Who Is?
So you’re living with bipolar disorder…
Then you may have experienced the tremendous highs of manic bipolar disorder…
You are certainly likely to have experienced the horrible lows of bipolar depression.
You may have – even regularly – experienced states that most people have never felt unless they took some serious narcotics (not bipolar medication – illegal drugs! 🙂 ).
I’ve been there.
If you’ve just been diagnosed, or you are starting to make connections between your behavior and mood swings to what you’ve heard about in the movies or in books- you may have quite a bit of anxiety. Am I bipolar? Will I be able to live a normal life? Will I ever be normal?
You might be wondering what you can do if you are a friend or family of such a person. What’s your role if you have a bipolar boyfriend or bipolar girlfriend? Do you even want to be involved? How can I support my bipolar husband or bipolar wife?
Living with bipolar disorder certainly has its challenges. You have to really work for basic stability that the “normies” (people without any type of mental illness) just get automatically. But it can be done. Bipolar people can live normal lives. They can even live super lives… just look at all of the famous people with bipolar disorder!
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16, though I had pretty bad depression earlier than that. On meeting me, you wouldn’t know I’ve spent nearly two years of my life in psychiatric hospitals, and three or four years recovering from episodes. Now I’m 34, happily married with three kids. You can read the outline of my story in About Me.
In this site you will find all sorts of information relevant to living with bipolar disorder- from bipolar medications, to bipolar symptoms, to bipolar support groups. I also plan to write all sorts of fun tid-bits from my experiences throughout the site, in context with the topics.
For instance, when I talk about bipolar medication I’ll tell the story of when I didn’t take my medication. I’ll also tell you the story about what happened even when I did. I’ll try to work in the story of when I thought I was Phaorah and got arrested running naked down the highway.
I’m making this site to clear up misconceptions about bipolar disorder, both for the people diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder and for those that know them. My vision for this site is to see other bipolar people and friends and family of bipolar people sharing their experience and knowledge too.
That’s why I’m leaving comments open, and I give you the ability to create your own pages on the site. No body's experience is exactly the same, and even within the types of bipolar there can be a lot of variance. I’d like you to benefit from the experience of all the other people living with bipolar disorder, be it their own or a loved one’s.
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