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Candida Fink, MD & Joe Kraynak

We invite you to share your bipolar stories with us and with other visitors to Bipolar-Story.com. 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.)

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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.

Jay (New)

Am I a Monster? (New)

Ryan Rivera: Roommate with Bipolar

Ryan: Mom with Bipolar

Sean: Understanding Bipolar

Tom: What If I Never Escape This?

Von

Brendan’s Journey

Amira

Martyr

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

Josh

Tracy

Shaun

Linda in Texas

James

Endurance: Married to Bipolar

Strong Love: Husband with Bipolar

A Therapist Who Believed in Me

Husband with Bipolar Disorder

Simon Jones (New)

Noelle

Stillbipolar

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

Phyllis

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

Sanjana

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

Marie

Bipolar Mom

Austin

Kathleen

A Backhanded Blessing by Neil Walton

Cassie’s Story

Hazel

Christina

Kid with a Hope

Chris Summa

Carole

My Black Dog by Neil

Cyndi

PeterBGood

D. Tomas

Design Girl

Nicole

Patricia

Heather Brown

Linda M.

Affliction Ate Her

Georgia

Andrew

Larrisa

Jacki

Tila – Totally Alone

Kelly’s Story

JR: Need Help with Bipolar Boyfriend

Celine

Bipolaroni – Rita C.

Linda – Orthomolecular Cure?

Dave

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

Arthur

The Flick of the Switch

Tom Smith on Unconditional Love

Darryl

Suzanne

Take Action to Change Your Partner’s Reaction

MissUnderstood

Strength in Small Numbers

From Withdrawal to Awakening: A Continuing Journey

Michelle from Manchester, England

You’ll Never Work in This Town Again!

Kimboo

The Bipolar Guy

Just Me

J Klein

Shane (of BipolarWorldz)

Resveratrol

Bipolar Extramarital Affair

Ryan M. Christman

Janine

Jane’s Family

Trevor

Ellie

Debra

My Bipolar Mother

Adam

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)

Lizzie

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)

Bubba

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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3 Comments

  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. Hello everyone.I have been in a relationship with my partner for 7 years now. He has been diagnosed with bipolar since his teens.Reading other peoples stories I can see many similar patterns.Since we have been together he has had many ups and downs. He came back from an overseas trip last sunday and I was so excited to see him! But as soon as he got in the house I knew he was manic.Talking over people,being loud,chain smoking and listening to intense music.he had also emptied the account I was supposed to use for food and spent it on having a good time.I decided to go to bed and keep out of his way.He kept coming in the room all night and yelling at me.I was in tears,he was being verbally abusive.at around 5 in the morning with the music blasting and him swearing and talking to himself I knew it was time to get help.We have an 8 year old son in the home also.I was out of credit on my cell phone so I decided to go out,get a top up and call his parents.he followed me out to the car saying he was over me and wanted out of the relationship.I got in the car, he ripped the keys out of the ignition and would not return them.Saying that I was crazy to be driving at that time of night.

    I went inside,rang the crisis line who made an appt for him the next day,his mum came in the morning to help and took him to the appt. I have just found out he stopped taking the meds months ago.This week has been hell for me.We were meant to be moving to a new town the house is all packed up.He spent a few days away,went awol one night wandering the city talking to everone and anyone.His facebook page is filled with out of character things and hes offended our friends.I feel so alone and helpless,we have no money and what little money he has hes been spending on all sorts of gold coloured items from op shops.

    He is verbally abusing me and very strange I just feel terrible.I need to leave him but I dont have enough money.I feel stuck and I miss the sweet man that he can be.

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