When you see someone with bipolar disorder on TV or in a movie, it’s very overdramatic and often depicted as a violent and dangerous condition. But there are many functioning people with bipolar disorder.
— Chanel Johnson, LPC
A licensed professional counselor who has bipolar disorder
We’ve gotten better at teasing out if symptoms are truly due to bipolar disorder or something else.
— Paula Zimbrean, MD
Associate professor of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
For me, one red flag is that I am not able to sleep, but I still feel fine. If I wake up after I’ve slept just four hours and feel refreshed, I know it’s time to act.
— Natasha Tracy
A mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder
There’s no cure for bipolar disorder. But medication can go a long way to reign in impulsive behavior.