The changing faces of bipolar disorder

The gif and the pic below just about sums up what living with bipolar is like.

A lot of people only know bipolar as it’s shown on TV or in films. You know the type: One minute characters are really depressed, and the next they’re so manic they think they can fly off a building. They can’t hold down a steady job, and their relationships with friends and family are destructive at best. They’re hyper sexual and prone to fits of rage. Essentially, they’re portrayed as completely out of control. And most of the time, these are the only facets of their character; bipolar, and little else, defines them. But for real people living with bipolar disorder, their lives may or may not resemble those stereotypes.

You can be diagnosed with bipolar at any age, but most people are diagnosed in their teens or twenties. I was 50 when I was diagnosed, but know I’ve had this all my life. You are at a higher risk if you have a family history of bipolar. Traumatic events, like the death of someone close to you, and drug or alcohol use can also trigger the first episode. I’ve experienced all of them.

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