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.

Boyfriend with Bipolar Won’t Listen (New)

Michael’s Sister (New)

Elizabeth’s Daughter (New)



Sarah Emmerling: Letter to My Younger Self


Pete, Wife with Bipolar

Grieving Father

Margo, Bipolar Husband

Nicole, Bipolar II

Chrissy from Atlanta


Vivian: Born to Sparkle

John: First Manic Episode

David: Paranoia

Jenn: Don’t Give Up!

Ali: Partner with Bipolar


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.

After you post your story, it will appear temporarily on this page. Within a few days or so, we will edit your story lightly (for typos only). We will not alter the content of the post. We will also move the story to a page of its own, where visitors can post their comments.

Please include your email address where requested in the form below, so we can contact you, if necessary. We will not publish or share your email address or send you any information unless you request something.

1 Comment

  1. I’m working on my story. It’s a long one I’ve been battling this beast for 32 years. Successfully for the most part. (well I’m still here)

    The most valuable thing I’ve learned on this journey, I taught myself, and that is,

    Find what makes your heart sing and do more of that.

    It won’t cure it but it sure makes life easier.

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