I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was at a young age, and my life completely changed. From that day forward, I had to learn to live with this mental illness, as it would always be part of me.
My journey with bipolar disorder hasn’t been easy by any means; there are days when I’m up and down like a rollercoaster ride. Living with this mental illness has been quite challenging. On good days, I have the motivation and energy to do what needs to be done, while on bad days it feels like nothing is worth doing. It’s like I’m stuck in a never-ending cycle.
Still, even with the tough times that come along with living with this illness, there are moments of joy and lightness too; those moments make it all worthwhile. It’s hard to keep positive during dark times - but taking care of myself - sleeping regularly, exercising and eating right - helps get me through the tough patches.
I know some people may look at me differently because of my diagnosis – or may think I’m “crazy” – but I am far from it. Bipolar disorder can be managed with medication and therapy, so yes, there will always be ups and downs - but it doesn’t have to define who I am or limit my future success or relationships. My diagnosis doesn’t define who I am as person: it is just one part of me that contributes to making me unique!
So if you feel alone on your bipolar journey - please don’t be ashamed or afraid to reach out for help. There’s no shame in asking for support!