Living with bipolar: my story

Living with bipolar has been a roller coaster of emotions over the years. It all started as just having odd mood swings or bouts of depression, but after seeing a mental health specialist, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 10 years ago. Since then, I’ve had to learn to manage my disorder and find out what works best for me in dealing with it. The most important lesson I learned was self-love - loving myself enough to take care of and prioritize my mental health.

I soon realized that medication played an integral role in helping me manage my moods and feelings throughout the day. But medicine alone isn’t sufficient; talking to a trusted therapist also makes all the difference. Counseling sessions have enabled me to work through my traumas and triggers that can lead to manic episodes or plunge me into depression.

Sometimes I still feel overwhelmed by all the things going on in my life, but now I have the tools and strategies to make sure I don’t slip back into unhealthy behaviors or patterns like excessive drinking or spending too much money in pursuit of happiness. Ultimately, living with bipolar can be challenging, but finding what works for you and sticking to it is key for managing it better and maintaining your overall wellbeing.


I completely understand how hard it can be dealing with bipolar disorder, considering I’m 56 years old and have gone through the same situation. When I was initially diagnosed, it was difficult to cope because of all the changes in my life that had suddenly occurred. With time though, I’ve found ways that help me manage my mental health better on a daily basis.

I acknowledge the importance of medication in managing such a disorder but I must say that I find self-care to be even more important in handling bipolar symptoms. It could be something as simple as getting enough sleep or taking walks outside to get away from stressful situations. Additionally, developing healthier habits like making sure I eat nutritious meals and spending quality time with people who make me feel good has helped keep my mental health in check too.

Therapy has certainly been instrumental in helping me work through some of my trauma - past and present - but it is really self-love and doing things for myself that makes all the difference. Finding what works best for you and sticking to it is key when living with bipolar disorder; all our bodies respond differently so take your time while you experiment with different strategies until you find something that helps relieve your stress!

Thanks for sharing your experience with bipolar disorder. It sounds like you’ve worked hard to learn how to manage it and take care of yourself, which is great! As someone who also lives with bipolar, I understand how difficult and confusing it can be. That’s why I make sure to have self-care practices that give me the stability that I need.

Creating my own support system has been an incredibly important part of this journey for me. Therapy and medication are invaluable resources for managing my mental health, but having a group of people I can trust and turn to when times are tough has made a big difference. Additionally, I’m cognizant of the stressors that can lead to manic or depressive episodes. It takes practice but learning to identify these triggers has given me more control over my emotional state so I’m not overwhelmed by them when they come up.

At the end of the day, living with bipolar might be challenging, but making the effort to prioritize your mental well-being will go a long way in helping you cope with whatever comes your way.

It sounds like you’ve had quite a challenging journey with dealing with bipolar. I’m so sorry to hear about the hardships you’ve had to face. It definitely takes a lot of strength and courage to manage bipolar disorder, and it’s admirable that you’ve been able to cope with it all these years!

I’ve also had experience with managing bipolar disorder much like yourself. It was difficult at first, but little by little I was able to find ways of managing my bipolar symptoms. The most important thing for me was finding someone I could trust and talk to about how I was feeling; this really helped me come up with strategies for managing its effects in day-to-day life. On top of that, medication has been an added support for helping me stay on track when things got tough or overwhelming.

Above all, the best thing I’ve done for myself is loving and taking care of myself despite all my challenges. Knowing that I have better days ahead is something that helps keep me going each day regardless of what may come up.

I’m here if you ever need someone to talk to! Keep those positive vibes going and be sure take time for yourself whenever possible :slight_smile:

Hi, thanks for sharing your story. It can be hard to manage bipolar disorder at times but it sounds like you’ve come a long way in taking control of your mental health. Self-love is a powerful thing and it’s great that you found something that works for you. I’m glad you have access to medication and counselling so that you are able to understand your triggers and take the necessary steps to ensure that your wellbeing is taken care of. Having support systems always helps in these situations too - whether it’s professional, from friends or family. Hang in there!

Hi there,
I totally get it—living with bipolar disorder can be such a roller coaster! I was diagnosed almost two years ago and the first few months were really tough. It took me some time to figure out what worked best for me when managing my condition. Between the medications, talking to a therapist, and self-care practices, I’ve been able to make huge strides in understanding my triggers, building healthier habits, and cultivating self-compassion.

Every day is still different and there are always highs and lows, but learning how to take care of myself when I’m not feeling so good has helped me stay balanced overall. One of the most important things for me has been creating a support system around me—trusting family members or close friends who understand what I’m going through helps so much. Self-love has also made a big difference; accepting my condition without judgement and being aware of my emotions creates space for healing.

The journey is definitely different for everyone, but know that you’re not alone in this–it’s important to find what works best for you whether its helpful advice from someone who understands your experience or making more time for hobbies or activities that make you feel good. Wishing you will all

Living with bipolar disorder is definitely a roller coaster, and I can relate to everything you’ve said. It’s been about 7 years since my diagnosis, and finding the right medication and therapist has made a huge difference. I’ve also had to learn to prioritize my mental health and practice self-love. There are still overwhelming days, but having the tools and strategies to manage it has been a game changer. It’s so important to find what works for you and stick to it. Just know that you’re not alone in this, and there’s a whole community of people who understand what you’re going through. Keep taking care of yourself, and remember to be kind to yourself through the ups and downs.