Bipolar Disorder is a complicated illness. There are two types. There are varying cycling rates and a ton of other mental illnesses that can tag along with it. No, I’m not a psychiatrist or a psychologist. I am a bipolar disorder survivor. A warrior. My knowledge stems from my experience and research on the illness. It isn’t as simple as being happy one minute and sad the next, but having bipolar disorder definitely includes a rollercoaster of emotions those without the disease do not experience. It is a ride most of don’t want to be going on and that is why there is medicine and therapy to help us through those rough patches. With treatment, moods can stabilize, but nothing will completely take away the war you fight in your head every day.
Some claim medicine does not help them and more often than not, someone with bipolar disorder will try to prove this to themselves. I have done this myself. I am not the one to say whether or not someone should be medicated. That is a personal decision, but I know once I find the right cocktail, I feel much better than I did before. There are so many resources out the for someone with bipolar disorder and is definitely not anything to feel ashamed of. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year. (National Institute of Mental Health). No one is alone in the battle and the stigma against bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses has got to end.