How many people have had to deal with a lifelong illness?

United States
March 31, 2007 5:14pm CST
I have Bipolar and will my entire life. It is a chemical imbalance in the brain and causes you to have drastic mood swings. It can cause you to go into a state of deep depression, or a state of feeling on top of the world, almost invincible. I am luckily on meds now to control my illness. How many of you have to deal with a life long illness?
5 responses
• United States
10 Apr 07
sorry that you are suffering from bipolar illness thank god, i dont have any lifelong illness
• United States
9 Apr 07
I had a friend that was bipolar and it was a very complicated disease for him to deal with. He was very moody and it was hard for me to understand because I got lucky and don't have anything like that.
@mithrae (65)
• Canada
9 Apr 07
Hi Jennifer, I'm bipolar as well...bipolar I..so I get the the swings...and sometimes the psychosis... I'm on meds now too...but I have to admit Imiss the old me..I never would have called my moods bipolar until one day I found myself in the back of a police van off to the hospital... The med's have stabilized me but I miss my old energy and I have to admit I miss the hypomania...I could do without the dperession mind you... It has taken me a long time to accept that I have a life-long mental health issue but I wouldn't call it an illness..because for the most part I function in my life just like everyone else..unlike some illnesses where you have to deal with the dibilitating effects of that illness every moment... I think if I have to have a life long issue to deal with I would rather have bipolar than some other illnesses out there... What do you think??
• United States
1 Apr 07
I have bipolar. I have had it for many years and didn't realize something was wrong. I thought it was normal to feel the way I was feeling. Now I am on medication and I am trying to see if it is going to work as you know it could take weeks for meds to start working. But for right now I am just taking it day by day
@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I don't, but I know so many people who do. I have friends with MS and I know people who also have bi-polar disorder. Luckily there are much better medicines available to treat these things so people can live as normally as possible.