Dealing with bipolar disorder as a teen

Growing up, I experienced life very differently than most of my peers. At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. What started as mood swings soon became crippling depression, explosive anger and manic episodes.

Having a mental illness made it difficult to form meaningful connections with others my age. My disorder also limited my ability to focus in school or hold down a consistent job as an adolescent. I was lucky enough to have supportive parents who guided me through the stormy years by taking me to therapy, helping me adjust my medication and never giving up on loving me no matter how hard things got.

As time went on and with the help of treatment, dedication and learning coping skills, I channeled my symptoms into creative outlets which has become therapeutic for me over the years. Although managing bipolar disorder is still challenging at times, I’m grateful that accepting and understanding it has shaped me into a stronger person than I ever imagined myself being before.


Hi there,

I can relate to your story about living with bipolar disorder. I know from my own experience that it can be incredibly difficult to deal with mental illness, especially when you are younger and trying to figure everything out on your own. It sounds like you had the support of loving parents which made a big difference and helped you get through some dark times.

It’s so encouraging that you have been able to turn challenging situations into creative outlets, and it’s inspiring that you have gained strength through your journey with bipolar disorder. I wish you all the best and send my sincerest empathy for whatever struggles may come.

Hey, man. I just want to say that I totally get where you’re coming from. Dealing with bipolar disorder at a young age can be so tough, and it’s really great to hear that you had supportive parents who helped you through it. It’s awesome that you’ve been able to channel your symptoms into creative outlets - that’s such a positive way to cope with things. And you’re right, managing bipolar disorder can definitely still be challenging, but it sounds like you’ve come a long way and I admire your strength and resilience. Keep pushing through and using those coping skills - you’re doing great!