I'm Bipolar, Not A Killer.I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 7 years ago. My meds have changed several times and the stuff I’m taking right now seems to be doing its job with minimal side effects. My only problem is my family, they…treat me differently now, like they really don’t know what to say to me and they hardly want to be around me. I’m still the same person. I have explained to them over and over that I will still have episodes and the pills are not a “Magic Cure” for bipolar disorder, they just lessen the frequency and severity of my episodes.
Now I still get angry, sad or just have a “blah” day, but that’s normal I’m still a human being. My family seems to think that it’s always because of the bipolar disorder and will frequently ask, “Are you taking your meds like you’re supposed to?” or “Do you need to see your doctor?” So, I guess I’m not allowed to express any kind of negative emotion without them wanting me locked in a mental institution. I told them that people with bipolar disorder lead normal lives. I've put myself through college and I'm currently earning my Masters degree in Health care Administration, all while battling Bipolar Disorder, so I'm living proof that I can have a normal life.