A Personal Story of Living with Bipolar Disorder

A Personal Story of Living with Bipolar Disorder
My personal story of Living with Bipolar Disorder 
 
After over 20 years of living my life with Bipolar Disorder, I decided two years ago to start a blog about my life experiences and how it affects my life as well as others in my life. I decided that sharing my story would be helpful to promote a better understanding of mental illness. I started my blog because I thought it might help others learn more about Bipolar Disorder and how to seek help.
I remember when I was only 16 and I was told that I had Bipolar Disorder that it was a very confusing time for me.  I was not quite sure what that meant to my life.  I remember feeling scared, and I did not know what to expect in the years to come.  Back in the 1980’s there was not very much information out there about mental illness or Bipolar Disorder.   I am hoping to reach those that are newly diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder just as mental illness walked into my life 24 years ago.  I also want to reach family members that have loved ones with Bipolar Disorder because I know back when I was first diagnosed that my family knew very little if nothing at all about this illness.  I really wanted to put a my own personal spin on the disorder and share my life experiences as painful as it can be at times.  I hope people that read my blog might relate to my experiences and seek treatment.I thought when I started this blog if I could help just one person out there learn more about Bipolar Disorder then it was worth putting my painful feelings out there.  Well after hearing so many comments and questions from others I know I have done that and so much more.  I think of a Mom that wrote me about her daughter that had committed suicide 6 months prior to reading my blog.  The doctors later told her that her daughter was showing signs of Bipolar Disorder and that my blog helped her understand Bipolar Disorder better.  She just wished she could of found out more information before that happened to her daughter.   She told me she hoped that my blog would save others from committing suicide and help them seek treatment.  Her story is always in my mind when I write new post on my blog because that is one of the reasons I share my story.
So many people tell me that the stigma of having a mental illness stops them from seeking treatment.  Fighting the stigma is what I am most passionate about and I try to do what I can to help others understand it and not run away from it.  My dream is that one day Bipolar Disorder will be treated by the public, the media, and the medical community as just another illness that needs medical care and nothing more.  Mental Illness does not discriminate and neither can we anymore.   You can find my life experience with Bipolar Disorder at www.havingbipolar.com
Elaine Jones
 Twitter: Survivinbipolar

I'm Blogging for Mental Health.