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Very important: I am not a doctor and I do not have a medical degree. I am simply someone with bipolar and want to share what I am learning about the disorder. Contact me if you find inaccurate or contradicting information.

The Bipolar Educational Journal is designed to be a guide that is packed with curated facts, subjective perspectives and a wide variety of experiences

The goal is to help you, your family and friends understand what you go through emotionally and what your mental health and medical impact is. The main focus is on bipolar disorder, mania, hypomania, depression and anxiety. If you suffer from any of these and have a story to share, then please share it and get published.

How is bipolar different to normal life?

It is natural to feel sad, irritable and frustrated then be happy, excited and at ease in another moment. You may notice that you experience your mood changes more deeply, more severely and it can have make it difficult to do simple tasks and can damage your relationships. 

Moods that are down or low are depressive episodes and can last for weeks to months. The same applies to ups or highs which are called manic/hypomanic episodes. It is common that people with bipolar will attempt suicide especially during depressive episodes.

You are not the illness!


We put labels on things to categorise them. Bipolar and other mental disorders and physical diseases are labels. They put things into boxes with their symptoms, research, statistics and so forth.


It's not your identity. Let's take the flu for example. Would you ever say that you are the flu? You could if you were a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and often occurring in epidemics. So, probably not. You simply have the flu.


It's seen as negative. It has stigma, prejudice and discrimination attached to it. It shouldn't, but it does. Do you really want to identify with this by making it your own?


It describes, not defines. Using these labels can describe the illness and not define who you are. Rather "I have bipolar" or "that depressive episode" is better than "I am bipolar" and "my depressive episode". Do you disagree?

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I share my life experience about how I eventually got diagnosed after living with bipolar disorder for as long as I can remember.

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