It’s weird because we’re so used to having clear-cut answers in life. When I would have a cold, I would go to the doctor and he would prescribe antibiotics. The point is he knew what’s wrong with me and what needed to be done to make me feel better. I know bipolar disorder is a lot more complicated and I wish it wasn’t. For starters, I had symptoms of bipolar for three years before even seeking help. It’s because I had no clue about bipolar disorder and never heard of it. My psychiatrist was the first one to tell me I was bipolar and I asked him – what does that mean? He then explained it in detail. After was the long journey of trying to find the right combination of medications compatible with me. Medications with the least side-effects. At the same time, I started a lengthy research process on trying to find out as much as possible about bipolar disorder. It was a hard reading about a mental illness with no cure. A mental illness which takes time for you to find an equal ground or – find stability.
There has been a lot of mention about the similarities between Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). There is a possibility that you could have both disorders, but it takes an experienced psychiatrist to determine if you do or pinpoint the real culprit. Before we continue, it’s important to define each – BPD is a personality disorder while Bipolar Disorder affects the brain’s chemicals.
Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are comorbid somewhere between 15 and 20 percent of the time, according to Current Psychiatry. Comorbid means the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient.
Welcome to another addition of Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder.
I started this series to show all of you with bipolar we’re no different than anyone else. It doesn’t discriminate, and effects everyone equally. For a longtime, I felt bipolar only affected those who weren’t successful or hadn’t figured out their vision or purpose. As a matter of fact, this is something common I’ve heard from a majority of people who are living with a mental illness. So, I wanted to answer this question because I think it will serve as motivation for everyone. Well, I’m not sure if it does for you, but it does for me. Why?
I’ve always looked up to people who are successful because of their drive, passion, and confidence. I believe these three factors are the most important if you want to achieve the highest level of success. Celebrities continue to achieve a great level of success while living with bipolar disorder. Some continue to do great things and have become leaders in the fight to increase bipolar awareness.
With that said,