Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults according to the National Institute of Mental Health. I am just one.
Fourteen percent of bipolar patients also suffer from an eating disorder. Count me in.
Obsessive compulsive disorder co-occurs with bipolar disorder in ten percent of the cases.
Three for three.
An unexpected suicide attempt led to the diagnosis of Bipolar I in October 2008. I take the reader inside the walls of two psych wards and introduce them to the mentally ill. I climb onto a third story roof at 2 A.M. night after night. Barrel down a country road at 110 miles per hour. Climb a tree in a sequin dress. Irrational thinking. Grandiosity. Limitless ideas. Mania. A depression so incapacitating I could barely lift my toothbrush to my mouth. Self-harm that led to blood dripping from my fingers onto the bathroom linoleum. Tiny blue stitches. Obsessing over my prescription pills and X-Acto blades and knives as a means of suicide. It’s all in there.
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