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Bipolar Disorder: Real People, Real Stories.

Getting a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis is like jumping into an unknown pool. The initial plunge – the instant your body breaks water – can feel like a shock to your system. But once you’re there, in the water, if given the proper tools and support, you may find you’re able to swim, and that life is actually better because you made that plunge.

If you (or someone you love) just received a bipolar disorder diagnosis, you might still be reeling from that initial shock, or you might even be relieved. Whatever you’re feeling, it’s important to know you’re not alone. In these stories that have appeared on The Mighty – an online community for people who live with different disabilities and conditions – you’ll hear from a mother who’s open about her diagnosis with her kids, a man who explains why functioning with bipolar disorder can be a 24/7 job and a description of what it feels like to be manic.
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