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A First-Hand Look at Bipolar Disorder

In America, 2.9% of adolescents and 4.4% of adults have experienced the extreme ups and downs in mood associated with bipolar disorder. But what is it like to actually live with this illness. The following videos and links give you a view into the lives of those with a bipolar disorder diagnosis.

Living with Bipolar Type II

In this Ted Talk video, Laura Bain describes living with Bipolar Disorder as having on one high heel shoe and one house slipper.

In Their Shoes: Understanding What Bipolar Disorder Feels Like

This Healthline article give a personal account of living with bipolar disorder.

Taking Off the Mask of Bipolar; Remove the stigma from mental illness

“As many as 20% of individuals diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder commit suicide each year, I was almost one of them.”

17 People Describe What It's Like to Have Bipolar Disorder

“I don’t trust if it’s joy or mania, so I fear it instead of leaning into any pleasure. And the burst of energy and creativity is tarnished by unrelenting disorganized thoughts.” 

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