|Some of the greatest minds of all time were bipolar, including Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, and Ludwig Von Beethoven!
My grandfather was bipolar.. When I first started having mental issues, I thought that's what it was. I was 19 at the time, but didn't finally seek help until I was 21. Symptoms came and went, as with bipolar disorder. I thought everything was under control. It was, until it wasn't. I was finally diagnosed w severe OCD and generalized anxiety. Later, following an incredible traumatic student teaching placement, post traumatic stress disorder was added to that list.
After my grandpa died, I read alot about bipolar disorder. He wasn't diagnosed until he was nearly 70, which is unusual. But in his era, men did not seek help or even acknowledge mental problems. That was a sign of weakness. All of his symptoms were chalked up to being "quirky" or "that's just John/dad/grandpa"
Thanks for sharing this essay and links! Really sheds some insight into bipolar disorder