"Bipolar" means that my emotions and energy vary from highs to lows without relation to my own will or anything that is happening in my life. This began when I was three years old. For most of my life, I frustrated parents, teachers, employers, my husband, lovers, children and friends. They knew I could be a "high-achiever" when I tried, but I would persistently switch back into a withdrawn, languishing day-dreamer. They knew I had sense, but I would periodically do something wild and totally "out of character." I was 44 before I found out that I had "bipolar disorder." I was 45 and homeless before I found effective treatment for it.
These pages are provided to help make sure that other children and adults with bipolar, depression or other mood disorders get relief a whole lot earlier than I did. It's not your fault, you aren't doing it deliberately, there's nothing wrong with your character. And this disease is not you.
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Updated: January 3, 2008