I wish bipolar disorder was like the flu: painful symptoms that last a few days and leave. But it’s more like living as a set of conjoined twins. If you don’t keep both personalities appeased, the disorder has the potential to wreak havoc on every aspect of your life. Sometimes we cope successfully, and sometimes we don’t. While the manifestation of the illness is different in each person, the principals of coping are mostly universal. Here are some of mine.