Bipolar Disorder is viewed by many as a taboo subject not fit for polite conversation. While many patients with bipolar disorder do want to keep their privacy about health matters, they should never feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about their illness when they feel it is necessary. Open conversations about bipolar disorder can help the patient and their loved ones better cope with the condition.
In speaking with people who have bipolar disorder, I've found that a fair proportion have one of the same character traits I do - getting so wrapped up in an activity that it starts taking up more and more time - time that should be spent fulfilling responsibilities. This obsessive focus has been a part of my behavior for a long time. For…