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. Here’s 21 things you only know if you’re bipolar.
1. It’s hard to finish one thing at a time
On the way up, you start doing the washing up, then you think of a poem and get a quarter of the way through it, then you remember you wanted to alphabetise your books, then you start watching a film, then you do more of the (now cold) washing up.