I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the summer of 2009 after being hospitalized during my first full-blown manic episode. Looking back I realize that I started showing signs of bipolar disorder since I was at least 15 years old.
The episode started while I was living in Peru as a volunteer. Fortunately, I had a great support system at the time. They arranged a flight home for me when they noticed the sudden changes in my mood and behavior.
Making sense of the whole event took a long time. I was in denial about the diagnosis and refused to take any medication, until I crashed. Then I sought help. It's been a long road and I still have hard days, but I truly believe that living with bipolar disorder has given me a unique opportunity to experience personal growth and connect with others.
I eventually returned to Peru to get some closure on the experience and with no intention to find a gal, I fell in love and was married within the year. My wife and I live in Austin, TX where I teach high school math and she is pursuing her education in nutrition and child psychology.
We don't have any children yet, but we have a handsome black lab named Buddy. I think he might be bipolar too.
I created the website bipolarandalive.com to be a reminder to people living with bipolar disorder that they don't have to settle for mediocrity just because they have a diagnosis. You can still go on to do great things. You can start a business, run a charity, climb the corporate latter, write a book or do what ever your mind can dream up.
I hope to encourage people to not limit themselves and to take responsibility for their health and their life. I hope to create a community where people with mental health conditions can come and be reminded of their value and potential.