It’s no secret that I have struggled with bipolar disorder for several years. What may be less known is that I have also fought hard to overcome numerous setbacks and personal losses as a result of my illness. I don’t like that I have had to deal with an illness as cruel as bipolar disorder can be, but the more I focus on how unfair it is the less time I have to live a full life.
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Life was moving along pretty well for me—that is until bipolar disorder found its way to my door. From that point on things started to get very difficult. At first I was hit with severe manic episodes only to fall down so low I found myself knocked down with severe bipolar depression. For quite a few years of untreated or undertreated bipolar disorder I would cycle from one mood extreme to the other.
I have found one of the most difficult aspects of having a mental illness and specifically bipolar disorder, is realizing we are much more than a diagnosis. In fact, buying into the whole idea of “I am bipolar” instead of believing “I have bipolar,” in my opinion says a lot about how we view ourselves. For me it was very empowering to start telling people I have bipolar disorder. At first it was difficult but the more comfortable and confident I became the easier it was to talk about living with an illness. I was much more at ease when I found myself not identifying with the illness and
Amy is a former Olympic Athlete who worked in the business world for nearly 20 years. She has a master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Arizona. She’s traveled extensively for business and pleasure visiting almost all the U.S. states and 25 countries around the world.
She loves dogs and recently adopted a new doggie named Brownie! She also has one cat named Mr. Kitty. He's a black and white rescue cat.