My dad actually noticed it first and mentioned it to my psychiatrist, but I realized it a little later and thought, ‘Yeah, that’s mania,’ and my psychiatrist agreed.” — Kaitlyn R.
“I had been shoplifting and acting irrationally about spending money I couldn’t afford. I was getting really high off doing irrational things. If I didn’t go to the shops, I was so depressed and low; I knew it was so wrong to shoplift but couldn’t help it until I came down from the highs. These bouts lasted about three months at a time. I eventually walked into my doctor with all the stolen things from the day and said enough is enough. I’m so glad I got help; it was an awful phase in my life.” — Bear H.
4. Comparing yourself to others with bipolar.
“It runs in my family; my uncle has bipolar and so did my nana. I had already been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) when my mom noticed the rest of my behavior was very similar to my nana. She did a bit of looking up and gently encouraged me to go talk to my doctor.” — Shannon D.