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I am so glad that you are looking at my blog.

Thanks.

I thought I would explain why my blog is called Because of bipolar, what it is about and why I started writing it. I have bipolar disorder and I am writing this blog to share some of my stories with other people, to try and change perceptions about mental illness and to help people.

I hope that you will get something out of it, whether you have a mental illness or not.

There are many wonderful blogs about bipolar disorder and I don’t want to re-invent the wheel. Mine is different. It is about bipolar disorder (obviously) but not all of it, just bits and pieces. It is about other things that interest me too.

Most of my blog posts are about bipolar disorder, but some are not. Everything in my life is coloured by bipolar disorder, so even when I blog about things that seem unrelated, they are connected in some way.

When I mention that I have got bipolar disorder, people often (furtively) approach me, wanting to talk about it. And not just bipolar disorder. They want to talk about depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, eating disorders and so on. Mental illness is really out there (even though it is not ‘out’ there, if you know what I mean).

The people I talk to want to know more about bipolar disorder than I can tell them in a brief, private conversation. They have partners or children with mental health issues. They tell me they are desperate to find out more about it.

People have so many questions, and the more I tell them, the more they want to know. I can (and do) refer them to books, organisations and resources, but they want to hear personal stories. They want to hear my stories.

There’s nothing quite like bipolar disorder. It’s unique. It has its own identity, which is an integral part of my identity. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it. I could argue that is not the most important thing about me, or that it does not define me, but, in fact, in a lot of ways it is, and it does.

Because of bipolar, I am who I am. And because of bipolar, many interesting and amazing things have happened to me.

I am also writing this blog because I love to write.

Words have power.

By the way, although I have bipolar disorder and I love to talk about it, I am not a doctor. If you have any concerns about your mental health, or that of someone you know, please see a professional ASAP.