Living with Bipolar Disorder | Tien Chiu's Blog
Part I: Introduction I have Type II, ultra-rapid-cycling bipolar disorder. I have been living with it almost all my life, but I was not diagnosed until I was 33, nearly twenty years after it all started. During this period, bipolar disorder put me through hell. I went through periods of months and months of mental pain, nearly committed suicide twice, and went through long phases where I was barely functional. I decided – fairly rationally – to die twice, because I could no longer tolerate the mental pain. Fortunately, I didn't, and after five psychiatrists was finally diagnosed correctly. Today, thanks to medication, I have no symptoms, and am living (thank goodness!) a bipolar-free life. I feel like I've been released from hell. I wanted to write about my experiences in hopes that it might help someone else, either someone living with bipolar disorder or someone whose loved one is suffering from the disease. There is a lot of social stigma associated with bipolar disorder – with