Bipolar disorder is the best and worst thing that has happened to me. It has taught me the importance of having structure in my life and a strong support network. Most importantly, it has taught me to love and take care of myself. Having bipolar disorder is full of ups and downs, but it does not define who I am.
Three years ago I experienced one of the most severe manic episodes of my life. When I look back, it’s hard to replay everything that happened. It seemed like the episode crept up on me when I was least expecting it. My life was going in a positive direction until it was derailed by the mania.
I felt completely normal as I decided to quit my job for a better opportunity. I had a friend who helped me get the opportunity and I was excited to start. When I arrived home I noticed small changes—my emotions were fluctuating and I was having trouble sleeping. Little did I know that a full-blown manic episode was right around the corner.