This is a guest post by Grace Lyons.
I met The Guru the day I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and I met the Purple Monster a little later. Both would leave indelible marks in my life.
The Guru is one of the world’s top experts on bipolar disorder. I was fortunate to be able to see him when I no longer just had depression. My psychiatrist at the time had no other ideas of what might be wrong with me, and how to fix it. Based on my own research, I thought bipolar was likely with an atypical presentation so I went to see the one doctor who would know with certainty.
Meeting The Guru was both frightening and fascinating. I knew I was probably going to leave with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and I did. However, I did not expect when he asked questions, he would develop a portrait of my disease, and would be able to make predictions about what my life with bipolar would look like.