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.


There should be no shame in experiencing psychosis

Three years ago last month, my mind lost touch with reality in a very rapid turn of events that culminated in an acute manic episode of bipolar affective disorder. Having been diagnosed with bipolar in 2004, I had not experienced any mania or hypomania (a lesser manic state) in ten years, although I had fallen into a suicidal depression just six months earlier.

If I'd been able to talk years ago, I wouldn't have had to suffer

I'm a 39 year old father of two, music producer and I’ve worked in many areas of the entertainment industry for the last 20 years. Although I’ve only just properly understood what mental health is, I've experienced anxiety and depression my entire life it seems, which has been further complicated by the suspected Asperger’s (high functioning autism) and ADHD that I'm halfway through diagnosis for. I’ve lived a very confused existence, not truly knowing who I am and being very insecure about why I feel and act the way I do.

My husband helps my mental health problems with trust and kindness

Within the last few months, the programme ‘Stranger Things’ has created a huge following, including my husband and me. There are many different topics I could focus on but I will not add any spoilers. However, the best aspect for me was the friendship between the group of friends. Their ups and downs, differences, arguments and relentless support for one and other.

Learn how to save lives from the mental health community

I grew up throughout my whole adolescence a lost little soul, hiding away my internal sufferings from those around me in my life, and desperately seeking the answers as to why I was so unhappy compared to all my other peers. Little did I know, that 10 and a half years later it would all make sense. The day I sat in my doctor’s office whilst she threw the term ‘Bipolar Disorder’ at me.

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