Bipolar disorder: blogs and personal stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of bipolar disorder. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.

We should talk about our mental health earlier in life

When I was a teenager, I thought as a 30 year old, you basically were a proper grown up – you had a good job, you were married, you had a kid and bought a house. This mentality drastically changed as I got older. Now 34 is still pretty young in my head, still plenty of time to become a grown up. Sure (a la Friends) your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA. You’re only in your early/mid thirties so you’re fine. Life starts at 40 right so enjoy your youth.

I have no time for stigma or discrimination against mental illness!

I've been experiencing mental illnesses for 16 years. I have OCD, I wasn't diagnosed with bipolar rapid cycling until 7 years ago, then a year later I was diagnosed with BPD. I have had quite a few close calls and desperate times. I have been both chaotic and painfully numb. But I am grateful to be here and truly shocked that I have made it this far.

5 things I wish people understood about managing mental illness at work

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 17. This is what I’ve learnt, over nearly 15 years of full-time work, about managing a mental illness alongside a demanding and stressful career.

  1. ‘I have’, not ‘I am’

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar, it became my life. At the moment, my mental health is the best it’s ever been. There is so much more to me than my diagnosis.


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