Sunday I was part of the latter segments of Melissa Harris-Perry's show on MSNBC, discussing living with Bipolar Disorder. I'm really grateful to Melissa for giving me the opportunity to share my story, as I really hope it helps someone. I know it would have helped me if I'd seen someone like me talking about Bipolar when I was in the hospital back in 2006.
Check out the videos after the jump.
While I joke a lot in my writing and about pop n' politics, I'm pretty dead serious about how just knowing there were people living with Bipolar and having full lives would have made all the difference for my treatment. I lost a good four years of my life trying to "accept" a form of defeat because I thought being chronically ill and depressed was just the "new normal." And, man, that was a dire "new normal" to try to accept. I'm glad I found other reasons to stick with my treatment (namely loving my family more than myself), but I mostly want people to know you can go through hell, come out the other side and find stability. You just have to find the right balance of self-care, medicine, talk therapy and coping skills that will work for you.
It's not easy, and it took me seven years to figure it out, but when it works, you'll be glad you stuck with it.
Whatever it takes, find a reason to stay invested in you and those you love.