I Finally Started Telling People I Have Bipolar Disorder. Here’s What Happened


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This story originally appeared on Everyday Health’s network site bpHope.com.

I wondered if I was “bipolar enough” to speak up. Trusting myself to share my story openly about living with bipolar has brought me peace, connection, and freedom.

Secrecy, Shame, and Bipolar Disorder

For 24 years, I thought my bipolar illness was “too much” for people. My emotions and energy were too much for me — there was no way the world could handle them.

With my intense moods, there were days when I spent hours crying in the shower, wanting to crawl out of my skin, and nights when I poured the fourth glass of wine in an attempt to quiet the voice in my head.


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