Disordered sleep is one of the main symptoms of bipolar disorder. Trouble going to bed and oversleeping are both disorders in themselves. Signs of insomnia include dark, under-eye circles and fatigue. Some anti-depressant medications like Trazodone work as sedatives to help induce sleep.
Fifteen years ago, soon after I was diagnosed, I wrote an essay, When I First Knew I Was Different. You can read the piece on my website. In the piece, I describe, at age seven, hopping on the back of a reclining steer and suddenly watching the horizon spin. My life was innocent and carefree back then. But I had experienced a taste of…