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I was listening to 'Desert Island Discs' on radio 4 this morning and Stephen Fry quoted the above when asked if he would rather not have Bi-Polar. I found his reply very helpful and wonder how other people on this forum feel about having the condition. I was diagnosed in 1977 although I knew I was 'different' way before that (am now 58 yrs old). Bi-Polar is integral to being who I am and although I regret suicide attempts and the chaos I have caused both to myself and others when manic, I simply cannot imagine not having this illness. I have finally been prescribed a drug regimen that helps me have more control and thus the opportunity to engage more with life. I do still get black moods and sometimes my husband points out that I am flying too high, but at least these states do not dominate my existence as they used to do. How do the rest of you feel?
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