Can You Successfully Live With Bipolar Disorder?

What an Abraham Lincoln quote taught me about mental illness.
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“My life is over.”

That was my first thought when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The few people I knew with bipolar didn’t fill me with much optimism.

My hope for successfully conquering bipolar was especially dim in those early days. For months, I alternated between not sleeping at all to sleeping 20 hours a day. A full life was a mirage beyond reach.

Then I learned a vital life lesson. It applies to all areas of life, not just mental health.

In one of my favorite quotes, Abraham Lincoln once said, “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”

Many successfully live with bipolar. I knew that. But could I? Can you?

Writing Books

Fast forward two decades. My focus project for this year is to assemble books about living with bipolar disorder. After reading dozens of posts from other Medium writers who successfully turned posts into books, I decided it’s my turn.

In the past 5 years, I published hundreds of online articles about fighting bipolar. Creating a book is simply a matter of selecting the best content and editing the compilation so it flows smoothly in book form.

The life of a writer is full of imposter syndrome. You constantly feel you’re a talentless hack or unqualified to help anyone.

If you’ve been you’ve been following me very long, you know my goal was to publish my first book last year. Then I let someone get in my head and walked away from the project I loved.

As I watched others achieve success, it bolstered me to take action. So, this year, I’m moving forward no matter what anyone (or the voices in my head) say. Taking action silences doubt.

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When it feels like your bipolar disorder is winning, remember this powerful truth: You are not alone. 

Watching others thrive in their mental health battles can be a source of inspiration, courage, and most importantly, hope. 

Join this transformative journey and let their victories guide you towards conquering your own bipolar disorder.

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Conquering Bipolar

The proof-positive test applies to all areas of life, including mental health.

As time passed, I learned to cope with my internal bipolar monster. I met others doing the mental-illness dance successfully. When I started to share my struggles, more people opened up to me. I realized I knew many bipolar warriors, though most still fight in silence.

Knowing others were succeeding with bipolar gave me strength to keep fighting. As I saw them live productive and meaningful lives, I knew I could do it too.

Today, I’d like to believe I am successfully living with bipolar. I work full time, volunteer in my community, care for my parents, and create online content each week.

There are challenging days where I struggle to get out of bed, shower, or sit down in front of my computer. And sometimes, I still want to quit. However, most days, I find the strength to do what’s required.

I’m no one special. If I tamed my bipolar, chances are good you can too. That I’m still living a full life despite bipolar is proof you can succeed.

I’m going to keep working on my book project. The book isn’t about being a mental illness expert. Instead, it’s proof that you can continue to live a full life despite having bipolar disorder.

My experiences can help others. If only one person benefits from the book, it will be worth it.

Then, when someone sees that reader continuing to fight, they’ll know they can fight too. The ripples of strength can grow from there.

Until next time, keep fighting.

This story first appeared on Medium.

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When it feels like your bipolar disorder is winning, remember this powerful truth: You are not alone. 

Watching others thrive in their mental health battles can be a source of inspiration, courage, and most importantly, hope. 

Join this transformative journey and let their victories guide you towards conquering your own bipolar disorder.

#SpeakingBipolar #mentalhealth #mentalillness #bipolardisorder #mentalillnessawareness
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