21 things you only know if you’re bipolar

21 things you only know if you're bipolar (Illustration by Charly Clements for Metro.co.uk)

I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, when I was 24.

Since then I’ve spent many years hiding it from friends, family and colleagues. It’s only recently I’ve started writing and speaking openly about it, in the hope that other people, with or without mental health conditions, feel less afraid of them. While I can’t speak for everyone with manic depression, bipolar disorder, ups and downs or whatever you choose to call it, I believe we have some things in common.

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