In a reflective piece for World Bipolar Day, the author shares her personal journey with bipolar disorder, challenging the dominant narrative that success is only about overcoming adversity. She argues for recognizing and celebrating the everyday endurance of individuals living with the condition, calling for more diverse stories that encompass all aspects of the bipolar experience.
- The author was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 14 and, over the 25 subsequent years, has navigated numerous challenges and life adjustments related to the condition.
- World Bipolar Day, which coincides with Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday, often emphasizes stories of people achieving traditional success despite bipolar disorder, a narrative the author finds limiting.
- The author asserts that individuals who manage their lives with bipolar disorder each day, whether they’re seen as traditionally successful or not, should be able to define their own success.
- Throughout her life, the author faced various trials due to her bipolar disorder, including suicidal ideation, medication side effects, career stress, and decisions about parenthood.
- Despite the struggles, the author embraces her own successes and encourages others living with bipolar disorder to acknowledge and celebrate their individual triumphs.
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