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 an informal question and answer session with people who have bipolar disorder, I found that a high percentage of them reported problems with household clutter, disorganization and even hoarding. Research into obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and hoarding has found that hoarding is more likely in people with both OCD and bipolar. And…