Share Your Bipolar Story

Hosted by the Authors of
Bipolar Disorder For Dummies:
Candida Fink, MD & Joe Kraynak

We invite you to share your bipolar stories with us and with other visitors to We hope that through sharing our experiences and insights, we can all come to a better understanding of bipolar disorder and perhaps even manage it more effectively in our lives. (Scroll down to the bottom to type or paste your story in the Comment box to share it.)

If you have your full story published elsewhere and you want to promote it here, please do not post merely an advertisement for a story with a link to your story.  Instead, submit a synopsis (brief version) of your story (750 to 1500 words) along with a link at the end pointing to where our guests can read the full story. Any other promotional language will be removed.

When reading and commenting on the stories and insights of others, keep in mind that we are not responsible for what others choose to post or any advice they may offer. This area is intended to be an open forum. We discourage any blatant advertising of products or services, and we may remove comments that we deem to be advertisements. When posting comments and responding to other people’s stories, please remain respectful and courteous.

Following are links to the stories that visitors have posted so far, listed newest to oldest. An alphabetical listing is in the navigation bar on the right.

Ali: Partner with Bipolar (New)

Jay (New)

Am I a Monster?

Ryan Rivera: Roommate with Bipolar

Ryan: Mom with Bipolar

Sean: Understanding Bipolar

Tom: What If I Never Escape This?


Brendan’s Journey



Jill on Living with Bipolar

Steve on Rebuilding a Life: Part 2

Jessica: Bipolar II in Midlife

Maddie, A College Student with Bipolar II

Stef’s Mom with Bipolar




Linda in Texas


Endurance: Married to Bipolar

Strong Love: Husband with Bipolar

A Therapist Who Believed in Me

Husband with Bipolar Disorder

Simon Jones (New)



Adam Johnson

Paul’s Story

Kevin’s Bipolar Story

Whitney: Father of Her Children Has Bipolar

Daughter’s Bipolar Boyfriend

Elle’s Bipolar Story

Does the Guilt Go Away?

I Hate Being Bipolar

Amy: Husband with Bipolar


An Honest Heart: Boyfriend with Bipolar

Hopping Roller Coasters

Casey’s Bipolar Story

Brent: Gone But Scared of the Nightmare Return

Desiree Cart Dugas

Birgit: Husband with Bipolar

Dealing with a Lack of Intimacy

Gina’s Bipolar Story

Rachel: Looking for Answers

Cherise (New)

Samantha’s Story

mekj77 Tired of Being Paranoid

Jasmine’s Story

Changes That Improve Mental and Physical Health

The Beast Is Back… Again


Bob’s Wife with Bipolar

Leroy Joseph

Tony’s Story: Living with Bipolar II

Me vs. “Normal”: Living with Bipolar as a Teenager

Steve on Rebuilding a Life

Lisa’s Story: Don’t Be Cruel

Ann’s Husband and Son

Theresa’s Husband

Robin’s Story

Husband Thought He Was Jesus

My Monster by Katherine Kizer


Bipolar Mom



A Backhanded Blessing by Neil Walton

Cassie’s Story



Kid with a Hope

Chris Summa


My Black Dog by Neil



D. Tomas

Design Girl



Heather Brown

Linda M.

Affliction Ate Her





Tila – Totally Alone

Kelly’s Story

JR: Need Help with Bipolar Boyfriend


Bipolaroni – Rita C.

Linda – Orthomolecular Cure?


The Walking Cure

Debbie Bruce: Addiction or Bipolar I?

Manic: Dancing To A Different Tune

Pamela Rose

Alexandra’s Bipolar Husband

Almost a Relief

Larry – Married to Bipolar


The Flick of the Switch

Tom Smith on Unconditional Love



Take Action to Change Your Partner’s Reaction


Strength in Small Numbers

From Withdrawal to Awakening: A Continuing Journey

Michelle from Manchester, England

You’ll Never Work in This Town Again!


The Bipolar Guy

Just Me

J Klein

Shane (of BipolarWorldz)


Bipolar Extramarital Affair

Ryan M. Christman


Jane’s Family




My Bipolar Mother


Sherry’s Story: Bipolar Family

Larry and Linda Drain (Hopeworks Community of Tennessee)

Jill’s story of her daughter Bri

“The Unhealable Disease” (a Poem by George)


Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir

Victor Kennedy, author of Hypomanic – Mad in England

David from Manchester, England

Amanda Walton-Gaston

Raising Nathan (Childhood/Adolescent Bipolar)


A Wife’s Story (Married to Bipolar)

Donna’s Daughter

Natalie D’s Story

Confused Husband

Note: We rearranged the stories to place each story on a separate page, so they don’t get mixed up with comments from other stories. If you don’t see your story on this page, check the alphabetical listing in the sidebar to the right under “Share Your Bipolar Story” and the links above. We hope you like the arrangement.

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  1. I have a few questions about bipolar that I’m hoping could be answered on here…

    1) How can you help someone with bipolar if they’re refusing support?
    2) What is the best way to attempt to reconcile with someone suffering from bipolar – my mother has the condition and I’m hoping we can solve our differences?
    3) Do you have to give a bipolar suffer space to calm down and mellow out?
    4) What support can I obtain as the son of a bipolar mother – ie emotional support?

    • Hi, Ryan–

      I’m sorry you’re having to struggle with this. Every child should feel loved and welcome in his own home. If it is any consolation to you, your Mum really isn’t herself when she’s experiencing mania or depression. She may say and do things that are completely out of character for her. Even when you understand that, the words and actions can still hurt, but maybe the sting will be a little less.

      Here are answers to your questions:

      Question 1: How can you help someone with bipolar if they’re refusing support?

      Answer 1: This is one of the most frustrating challenges. Many people have found the LEAP approach helpful. LEAP stands for Listen, Empathize, Agree, Partner. LEAP grew out of Xavier Amador’s work and his book, I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment. To find out more about LEAP, visit the LEAP Institute.

      Question 2: What is the best way to attempt to reconcile with someone suffering from bipolar? My mother has the condition and I’m hoping we can solve our differences.

      Answer 2: Based on my experience, you will not make much progress in this area until your Mum is receiving effective treatment. The best you can do right now is prepare yourself by learning more about bipolar disorder, which it seems you are already doing. Understanding that bipolar disorder is an illness and not a character flaw and not anyone’s fault is a big first step. Learning effective ways to communicate and problem-solve are also very helpful. You can do this through books, educational programs that focus on mental illness (such as NAMI’s Family-to-Family program, if it is offered near you), and even your own therapy.

      Question 3: Do you have to give a bipolar suffer space to calm down and mellow out?

      Answer 3: Yes. From my experience, bipolar disorder often feeds on confrontation. Try not to engage in arguments. Using “I” statements to express your feelings is a much less confrontational way to communicate. I’m sure you can find plenty of information online about using “I” statements. Again, it’s important that your Mum receive effective treatment first, before trying to work on relationship issues.

      Question 4: What support can I obtain as the son of a bipolar mother; that is, emotional support?

      Answer 4: In the U.S., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers educational programs and support groups specifically for family members. You may want to find out if you have something comparable in your area. If not, you may be able to find support groups online.

      I hope this helps. Wishing you and your family all the best!

  2. I have a personal vested interest in helping others with mental illness because of my own struggles and triumphs. I would love for others to be inspired by my story or someone else’s who has risen above the stigma and the grasp mental illness used to have on me and my life.
    I was officially diagnosed over two years ago, after several years of misdiagnosis and then some denial on my part. Then I met a psychiatrist who changed my life. Not because I was really unwell, I was well when I met him but his outlook on mental illness and wellness, well he gave me hope. Hope that my diagnosis wasn’t fatal. Hope that my condition was treatable. Hope that the stigma wouldn’t be there with the people who knew me and cared to learn more about what had taken over my body years before. Hope that he would be there for me and he cared about me and my wellness. Hope that I could live my life healthy and stay well. He gave me hope to carry on and move forward. I am not my illness. It does not control me and my life. It is a characteristic of what makes me who I am.
    I am a daughter, sister, aunt, girlfriend, employee; I am a person just like you. I have maintained my health since him and I decided on the best treatment plan; a low dose medication, self-monitoring and the support of my treatment team, family and friends. I am happy. I am in love, with myself and my partner. It took years to forgive myself and realize that the illness played with my brain and I was not at fault. I did not know what was happening and I can’t be blamed. Some have adopted my mentality and stood by me- my diagnosis of bipolar disorder is not my fault. I am responsible when it comes to self-monitoring and I reach out to others if I notice change.
    Anyone can get well if they really want to- it takes a great medical team as well as supports in your family and friends and most importantly, you have to believe in yourself. I hope my story gives others hope…Hope you can and will be well. Sure, the diagnosis never goes away but neither does my other conditions I have lived with all my life. They don’t interfere with my life. I will not ever let Bipolar Disorder own me. It is not who I am. It is just a small part of me and it’s treatable, much like my allergies or IBS. I am in control and I will not hand over the reins to my illness willingly. I will fight. Every day. Whoever is reading this-FIGHT!! You can be as well and happy as I am with work, dedication and a team of professionals like my team. Don’t ever give up!!

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