You are NOT alone in this.
Living with bipolar disorder is a lot more common than people think. Many times, it is mistaken for mood swings or depression, which is why it can go unnoticed or undiagnosed longer than it should.
In some cases where celebrities live with bipolar disorder, the media often labels them as crazy or having a mental break (remember Britney shaving her head?), and sadly it can downplay a real, serious (and totally COMMON) disorder.
Bipolar disorder should never be thought of as something “scary,” and in fact, it is important to reduce the stigma that those living with it should be treated differently.
Why? Because even with bipolar disorder can someone live a normal, healthy life.
That said, if you are experiencing some common symptoms of it, such as severe mood swings, changes in routine, or suicidal thoughts, it is incredibly important to see a doctor and to have them diagnose you properly.
But still, coming to terms after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder can be a little overwhelming — which is why you should always have a strong support system behind you.
These can be friends and family, as well as joining a bipolar support group. You can also check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for more information, as well as be a part of their online community.
If you’re still not sure how it’s possible to handle living with bipolar disorder, celebs like Britney Spears, Ben Stiller and Pete Wentz have shown us that it IS possible to lead a completely normal life, along with medication, support, and other helpful resources.
Here are more celebrities with bipolar disorder to help inspire you to manage your illness and live a full and happy life.